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Double decker buses for route 151 August 8, 2008

Posted by hafizbam in Deployment Updates, Something New.
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SBS 7466U on service 151 at Hougang Central Interchange bearing a non-conventional front number plate.

Next in line to receive double decker buses this year is the 151, running between Hougang Central Interchange and Kent Ridge Terminal within the National University of Singapore (NUS) campus in Kent Ridge.

What’s unique is that instead of just normal double decker buses, the 151 received four of SBS Transit’s latest Volvo B9TL wheelchair-accessible double deckers which apparently turned out to be the only double decker model suitable in navigating the hilly terrain along Kent Ridge Crescent.

What’s more unique is that according to reliable sources, these four B9TLs (namely SBS 7313C, SBS 7318P, SBS 7383A and SBS 7466U) came about as a result of some form of intervention by the LTA (even before they officially take over the role of route planning come next year).

Nevertheless, in just a few months, the fleet of buses deployed on route 151 has changed drastically, from the noisy Volvo B10M MkIIs which have been phased out, to the current latest Scania K230UBs and Volvo B9TLs. If this doesn’t satisfy the kids at NUS who have long been complaining about this bus service, I don’t know what else will.



1. chillycraps - August 15, 2008

actually the student union in NUS had a meeting with SBS transit, and it may be a result of that. The double decker idea was also brought up in student online forum.

Anyway, there are still B10M in the 151 service…

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