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 Hong Kong Bus Operators ... Citybus
 New Alexander Dennis Enviro400s (Fleet nos. 7000-7039)
Three-axle double deckers have been the norm in Hong Kong for the past twenty years, so it was a pleasant surprise when in early in 2009 it was confirmed that both Citybus and Kowloon Motor Bus had  placed an order for one 10.5 metre two-axle Alexander Dennis Ltd (ADL) Enviro400 for evaluation purposes. It is believed that special dispensation had been granted by the Hong Kong Transport Department to allow these buses to operate as their weights exceed the current maximum allowed for two axle buses.
 
The first glimpse of these new buses was on 26th October 2009, when they were photographed leaving the ADL premises in Guildford, England by Mark Taylor. They arrived in Hong Kong on 23 November 2009. These buses differ quite considerably from the standard UK version, losing the large curved upper windscreen and the rather ugly, in my opinion, front upper side window. The rear is also much improved and they feature full air-conditioning 
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The Citybus example was allocated fleet number 7000 and made its first public appearance at the Hong Kong Transport Society's annual bus rally held on 17th January 2010, when it still awaited registration. It was sunsequently registered PC6795 on 1st February 2010 and it began operating on route 117 on 8th February.

A second example arrived in Hong Kong in May/June 2010. It was allocated fleet number 7001 and registered PH4891 on 2nd July. It was first was spotted undergoing tests on Friday 9th July.

On 2nd November 2010, at Euro Bus Expo 2010 held at the NEC in Birmingham, ADL announced an order for 38 similar vehicles for NWS Holdings. A formal press release issued on 11th November confirmed the order was for Citybus. All will be bodied in China with kits supplied from the UK. 

The first of the production buses, fleet no. 7002, was registered on 23rd August 2011 and entered service soon afterwards. The seating arrangements of these differed from the two 'trial' buses in that the upper-deck seating is increased from 41 to 47 and lower-deck standing is decreased from 24 to 20.

A model of fleet number 7000 was issued by 80M Bus Model Shop in July 2011 - just follow this link.

 

 
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These photographs give the first glimpse of these new vehicles and were taken on 26th October 2009 outside the Alexander Dennis Ltd premises at Guildford (left) and en route to Southampton Docks.
 
The above photographs courtesy and copyright of Mark Taylor

 
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The bus was allocated fleet number 7000 and made its first public appearance at the Hong Kong Transport Society's annual bus rally held on 17th January 2010.  It still awaited registration.
 
The above photographs courtesy and copyright of Alex Cheng

 
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Having been registered PC 6795 on 1st February 2010, it began operating on route 117 on 8th February.
 
The above photographs courtesy and copyright of Grant Ng Kwok Kuen

 
A second example arrived in Hong Kong in May/June 2010. It was allocated fleet number 7001 and registered PH 4891 on 2nd July. It was first was spotted undergoing tests on Friday 9th July, when the following photographs were taken by Garry Chow and HKBuses.fotopic.
 
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Above photographs courtesy and copyright of Gary Chow
 
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HKBuses.fotopic

 
7001 entered service on 22nd July 2010 and the following photos were taken on 23rd July whilst operating on route 117. 
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Above photographs courtesy and copyright of David Lam

 
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During my visit to Hong Kong in November 2010, only 7001 was in service. It was captured at
Stanley (left) and approaching Exchange Square Bus Terminus (right)

   
As mentioned above, the first of the production buses, fleet no. 7002, was registered on 23rd August 2011 and entered service soon afterwards.
   
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Fleet no. 7005 - 4th September 2011 Fleet no. 7007 - 4th September 2011
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Fleet no. 7010 - 13th September 2011
   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

     
In October, fleet no. 7003 and New World First Bus Dennis Dragon fleet no. DA96 received an all-over livery for the campaign "Arts Bus: On the Move!".
Further details of this campaign can be viewed here.
   
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Fleet no. 7003 is seen here on 20th October 2011 at Moreton Terrace Bus Terminus
   
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the upper front seats of 7001 - one pair of seats are placed between
the stairwell and the front giving plenty of legroom
the upper front seats of 7003, clearly showing a revised layout
 and an additional pair of seats
    
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Jotus.com

   
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Whilst in Stanley on 29th November 2011, I witnessed the 'aftermath'
of a collision between 7007 and a taxi
7018 seen here at Stanley - 24th November 2011
   
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7026 leaving Stanley Bus Terminus - 24th November 2011 7031 approaching Stanley - 29th November 2011
   
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7033 at Stanley Bus Terminus - 29th November 2011
     
The final three of the batch were registered on 23rd December 2011.
 
7000 - PC6795 7001 - PH4891  7002 - PZ5961 7003 - RA1631
7004 - PZ5504 7005 - PZ6047 7006 - PZ8235 7007 - PZ8490
7008 - PZ6850 7009 - PZ7989 7010 - RA1704 7011 - RA1865
7012 - RA5490 7013 - RA5833 7014 - RA7130 7015 - RA6734
7016 - RB2478 7017 - RB1701 7018 - RB3619 7019 - RB3019
7020 - RB5538 7021 - RB4681 7022 - RB7438 7023 - RB8417
7024 - RC1059 7025 - RC1350 7026 - RC3345 7027 - RC3013
7028 - RC6099 7029 - RC6494 7030 - RC6862 7031 - RC7611
7032 - RC9726 7033 - RD1061 7034 - RD3352 7035 - RD4398
7036 - RD5040 7037 - RE1537 7038 - RE2199 7039 - RE1385
 

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