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 Hong Kong Bus Operators ... KMB
 Alexander Dennis Enviro400 - Fleet No ATSE1

The first two Alexander Dennis Enviro400s for Hong Kong arrived from the UK on 23rd November 2009, one for Citybus and one for Kowloon Motor Bus. 

Three-axle double deckers have been the norm for Hong Kong for the past twenty years, so it was a surprise when in early in 2009 it was confirmed both the above operators had placed an order for one vehicle, presumably for evaluation purposes. It is believed that special dispensation has 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. 

These models 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. They feature full air-conditioning and are 10.5 metres in length.

 Kowloon Motor Bus unveiled their new acquisition at a press conference on 7th December 2009 when it was noticed that the front tree guards had been removed. 


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Photographs courtesy and copyright of S3N92
 
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Photographs courtesy and copyright of Dennis Law
 
The above photographs were taken during its first day of service - 17th February 2010
 

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By 26th January 2010 the bus had been registered PC 4053 and allocated the fleet number ATES1. KMB announced on the same day that the bus would enter service in early February on route 606 between Choi Wan and Siu Sai Wan (KMB's official press release can be viewed here). My special thanks to Leo Kong for kindly allowing me to use his photographs.
 
Above photographs courtesy and copyright of Leo Kong

 
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All the above photographs courtesy and copyright of Grant Ng Kwok Kuen
 
 
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The above photographs, taken on 26th October 2009, show the two Enviro400s outside the Alexander Dennis Ltd premises at Guildford (left) and en route to Southampton Docks (right).
 
The above photographs courtesy and copyright of Mark Taylor
 

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