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CITYBUS FIRST TO USE GERMAN MADE LOW FLOOR BUSES

ALL 72 M.A.N. BUSES WITH WHEELCHAIR SPACE

(Hong Kong - 4 March 98) At a handover ceremony held recently, Citybus Managing Director, Mr Lyndon Rees, took delivery of Hong Kong's first German-made low-floor buses from M.A.N., one of the pioneers of the modern low-floor bus concept and the third source of buses to Citybus in future.

Citybus will take delivery of a total of 12 double-deck and 60 high capacity single-deck M.A.N. buses, worth approximately HK$127 million, within 1998. All of these low floor buses have a wheelchair space. "M.A.N. is a leading European manufacturer of urban buses, and has over 20 years of experience in building low-floor buses, which began in 1973," Mr Rees said. "We are excited about this new partnership, and we would like to thank M.A.N. for cooperating with us and developing these buses specially to suit Hong Kong's arduous requirements," he continued.

Of these 72 new M.A.N. buses, 56 will be deployed on local Hong Kong Island routes, and 16 single-deck buses will run on the new Airport shuttle routes between Chek Lap Kok and Tung Chung.

"Citybus is committed to making bus travel easier and accessible to all, including the elderly, parents with children, as well as for the physically-challenged and wheelchair users," Mr Rees said.

Currently, Citybus already operates over 60 low-floor buses. These are allocated to approximately 10 Citybus routes. In addition to the 72 M.A.N. low-floor buses, Citybus will take delivery of 200 low-floor buses (from other manufacturers).

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