- this new casting was first announced on this site in March 1999 and it
was release in Hong Kong in May that same year, with examples becoming
available in the UK during June.
- Citybus was granted the franchise for 26 bus routes, that were originally
run by China Motor Bus, in September 1993. Such an expansion of the company's
network needed an additional 200 buses, and Citybus realised that it was
not possible to acquire such a larger number of new buses from manufacturers
in the given period of time. Therefore the Company decided to introduce
100 secondhand Leyland Atlanteans AN68s with Alexander L-type body from
Singapore Bus Service, and the remaining 100 buses were purchased new from
In order to unify the Company's image, and
also to enable components to be shared with other types of buses in the
fleet, Citybus converted the front of the Atlanteans into R-type style.
When the buses joined the fleet, they received the 600-series fleet numbers.
This overall livery was produced by the Government
Information Services department and was to encourage people to take the