丹尼士三叉戟 Dennis Trident

繼富豪B10BLE及Scania L94UB後,新加坡巴士開始尋找雙層低地台巴士,眼見丹尼士三叉戟在香港運行成功,新加坡巴士亦於一九九八年向丹尼士訂購二十架丹尼士三叉戟,以作試驗。這二十架三叉戟是繼一九九四年購入丹尼士飛鏢後,第二款丹尼士產品。值得一提是,儘管丹尼士在新加坡巴士車隊中只有飛鏢及三叉戟兩款產品,但丹尼士曾於一九八二年提供一架統治者樣板車予新加坡巴士,唯此車退役之後便運往香港,由九巴購入作訓練巴士。

這二十台三叉戟底盤於一九九九年第四季運抵新加坡,但由於當時香港各家巴士公司同時向丹尼士訂購大量三叉戟,令到新加坡巴士的三叉戟抵鶖伅☆原定為遲。適逢當時新加坡放寬公共巴士使用年期,令新加坡巴士公司可以暫時不用急於更換老舊巴士,於是原先被安排裝配車身的三叉戟,便讓位予非空調單層巴士翻新及加裝空調。幾經波折,這批丹尼士三叉戟陸續於二零零零年第三到第四季安排到生產線裝配車身,但好些車身部件出現問題,又令到裝配過程有所延誤,結果這批三叉戟最終要在二零零一年才陸續投入服務。新加坡巴士的三叉戟沒有提供任何輪椅乘客使用的設施,純椊為悉客提供登車的方便,而中門是採用外趟式,而一如當時的雙層新車一樣,上層車尾並沒有提供任何車窗。

長久以來,新加坡巴士跟富豪關係良好,因此一九九九年超級奧林比安面世不久,富豪聯同澳洲Volgren提供一架樣板車,搶先於丹尼士三叉戟投入服務前予加坡巴士試用。就是這個原因,令到本應是新加坡首款雙層低地台巴士的三叉戟,成為第二款雙層低地台巴士。另外,新加坡本應是第二個國家或地區營運十二米三叉戟,但由於在種種原因下,使新加坡成為第四個營運十二米三叉戟的地區。在往後時間,新捷運訂購的雙層低地台新車,訂單仍然落入富豪手上。

Singapore Bus Service searched for super low floor double decker after the commissioned of Volvo B10BLE and Scania L94UB. As the success of Dennis Trident in Hong Kong, SBS placed an order for 20 units with Duple Metsec bodyworks in 1998 for trial. Dennis Trident is the second Dennis product in SBS. Instead of the Dart and Trident in the fleet, SBS received one Dominator prototype for trial-run in 1982. This Dominator was then purchased by KMB and as an advanced trainer after the trial completed.

Due to the bulky order from Hong Kong, there were a delay of the delivery of the Trident chassis and all were delivered to Singapore in the end of 1999. In addition, the government of Singapore extended the lifespan of public buses and released the pressure on replacing the aging bus. As a result, SBS decided to refurbish the convention single decker to air-conditioned single decker instead of assembled the Dennis Trident. All Dennis Trident were arranged to receive their bodies in the third to fourth quarter of 2000, unfortunately, there were some delay again due to problems of the body parts and hence, the first Dennis Trident was entered service in 2001. All SBS Dennis Trident featured with sliding doors, no upper deck emergency exit at the rear. There are no any facilities or wheelchair parking bay for disabled in this batch of Dennis Trident.

Volvo had established a long-term relationships with SBS and they delivered a Super Olympian demonstrator with Volgren bodywork in 1999 prior the commissioned of Trident. This made Dennis Trident become the second low floor double decker instead of the first in Singapore. To go one step further, Singapore is the second country or area to place order for Trident, however, it is the fourth to operate. Dennis Trident liked the Dart, cannot make any success in Singapore and when SBS Transit searched for new super low floor double decker, the order went to Volvo.


車牌 Registration No/路線 Route:SBS9673A/80

車牌 Registration No/路線 Route:SBS9677P/51

車牌 Registration No/路線 Route:SBS9687K/51

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