|The model -
news of this model appeared in the May 2011 edition of 'KMB Today'. It
was initially expected to be released in June, but is currently set for
release on 28th May.
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
Kowloon Motor Bus and Citybus 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 two buses arrived in Hong Kong,
from the UK, on 23rd November 2009.
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.
entered service on 17th February 2010 on route 606 between Siu Sai Wan
(Island Resort) and Choi Wan and continues to operate this same route.
details of the bus can be found in the
section of the site.