Kowloon Motor Bus to evaluate 146-passenger Wrightbus ‘decker

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The first higher-capacity 12.8m Wrightbus double-decker has been delivered to Hong Kong operator, Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB). .

On a Volvo B9TL Euro 5 tri-axle chassis, the longer length vehicle has been designed to carry 146 passengers – eight more than the current maximum – and will be evaluated by KMB with a view to their future mass deployment on routes with high loadings.

Wrightbus International is responsible for the bodywork, with assembly by GT Bus.

The fully air-conditioned bus uses the Wrightbus Gemini 2 body and at 12.8m, it is 1.5m longer than the typical specification for high-capacity vehicles currently in territory.

Says Wrightbus International Business Development Director Steve Harper: “We have worked closely with KMB and Volvo to develop this excellent new bus. High capacity ‘deckers are an integral part of Hong Kong’s transport and the 12.8m vehicle ably demonstrates the potential to further extend its capacity.”