PASSENGER FLOW-FRIENDLY ADL DOUBLE-DECKS HIT SINGAPORE

By: Fabian Cotter, Photography by: courtesy ADL


THE FIRST of 50 new Alexander Dennis Enviro500 double-deck buses with optimised ‘passenger throughput’ for the Singaporean Land Transport Authority (“LTA”) have entered service, ADL confirms.

PASSENGER FLOW-FRIENDLY ADL DOUBLE-DECKS HIT SINGAPORE
Other improvements on the ADL double-deckers for Singapore's LTA include the use of the latest aluminium composite body technology and a host of new safety and energy-saving features, ADL confirms.

Tailored to the authority’s requirements - resulting in a three-door, two-staircase layout that helps with smoother and quicker boarding and alighting, says ADL – the buses follow the LTA’s awarding of the order in April, 2019.

According to the company, 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.

Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) is a subsidiary of NFI Group Inc, one of the world’s leading independent global bus manufacturers.

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, ADL explains. 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, it confirms.

Other improvements include the use of the latest aluminium composite body technology and a host of new safety and energy-saving features, it adds.

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PROBLEM SOLVING

ADL president and managing director Paul Davies, 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."

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LOCAL SUPPORT

The LTA’s 50 new Alexander Dennis Enviro500 buses have been allocated to bus operators SBS Transit, SMRT Buses and Tower Transit, ADL confirms.

They join 216 earlier Enviro500 buses already in operation in Singapore and all will be supported locally from the manufacturer’s 25,000-square-foot facility, it says.

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