The buses have been tailored to the authority’s requirements, resulting in a three-door, two-staircase layout that helps with smoother and quicker boarding and alighting.
Following the award of the order by the LTA in April 2019, a cross-functional team of Alexander Dennis engineers worked with the customer and suppliers to design and build a bus that fully reflects the operational requirements of Singapore’s busy bus services.
The new Enviro500 double deckers have three passenger doors and two glazed staircases, with the one at the rear of the vehicle leading directly to the exit door. Fully step free aisles on both decks ensure passengers can move around the vehicle with ease. Engine and drivetrain components were relocated to enable this full low floor design.
Other improvements include the use of the latest aluminium composite body technology and a host of new safety and energy-saving features.
Paul Davies, ADL President & Managing Director, said: “ADL prides itself in responding to customer requirements without compromise, and the new Enviro500 buses for Singapore’s Land Transport Authority are testament to this spirit of innovation. Our engineers have delivered a fantastic job rethinking the driveline to enable this new solution, which speeds up journeys and increases passenger safety.
“We are delighted with the LTA’s trust in our concept and look forward to supporting the full fleet throughout its service life in this vibrant, booming world city.”
The LTA’s 50 new Alexander Dennis Enviro500 buses have been allocated to bus operators SBS Transit, SMRT Buses and Tower Transit. They join 216 earlier Enviro500 buses already in operation in Singapore. All will be supported locally from the manufacturer’s 25,000 square foot facility.