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General update - February 2013
 
Both SBS Transit and SMRT Buses are continuing to take delivery of new buses as part of their fleet renewal programme, these in the main being Wrights bodied Volvo B9TLs and Mercedes-Benz Citaros for SBS Transit and MAN NL323F A22s for SMRT Buses.

The registration of new buses has been rather confusing of late following the introduction of the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP) by the Singapore government which will see about 40 new bus services introduced and 800 new buses added to the existing bus fleets.

New buses funded under this scheme are registered using a pre-allocated sequence - SBS Transit buses are allocated the series SBS x3xx (e.g. SBS3301M & SBS6318J) whilst SMRT Buses are allocated the series SMB3xxx (e.g. SMB3001M).
     
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As mentioned above, SBS Transit are continuing to receive Wrights Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TLs, these were previously allocated the registration series SBS3xxx. Pictured above is a BSEP funded bus, SBS3324Y on Express 513, which is one of the 40 new BSEP services introduced.
     
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At the same time, SBS Transit are also receiving Mercedes-Benz Citaros, these previously allocated the registration series SBS6000L-SBS6285G. Pictured above is a BSEP funded bus, SBS6313J on 86, which is one of the existing trunk routes enhanced by BSEP.
         
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New non-BSEP funded Citaros have been allocated the registration series SBS66xx, presumably to allow for further BSEP funded buses to be registered in the above mentioned series. Specifications are largely identical for both. SBS6619C, new in January 2013, is pictured heading to start its service at a nearby interchange.
   
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The last batch of 200 Leyland Olympian 3 axle vehicles built for then-Singapore Bus Services (SBS) before Leyland ended productions will walk into history very soon with about 2 months or so left for the remaining units on the road. The Leyland Olympian 3 axles is also the very first air-conditioned double decker bus to be introduced by SBS 19 years ago.

The last few units will retire on 26 April 2013 after their 19 years (17 years with 2 years extension), with most of the earlier surviving units already retired. SBS9168S, the last Leyland Olympian 3 axles unit to be built will retire slightly earlier despite it being the last chassis due to the registration by SBS. SBS9170J was photographed recently still going strong in service and will retire on 22nd March along with SBS9168S and a few other units registered in the same batch.
   
My special thanks to Mark Chua for providing this update and the photographs


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