SBS Transit trials 3-door MAN Lion’s City DD Concept Bus

Starting from April 2018, SBS Transit continued revenue service trials of the 3-door, 2-staircase MAN Lion’s City DD L Concept Bus (SG5999Z). Previously trialled by Tower Transit in 2017, the concept bus was commissioned by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) to investigate the feasibility of introducing such double-deck buses on Singapore roads.

The trial began on 2 April 2018 on Bus Service 7 and is expected to last for at least 3 months. Based out of SBS Transit’s Bedok North Bus Depot, the bus is expected to operate during Weekday Peak Hours and full day shifts during Weekends and Public Holidays.

MAN Lion's City DD L Concept Bus (SG5999Z) - Displaying 'Singapore's First 3-door Concept Bus' and LTA logo in colour
MAN Lion’s City DD L Concept Bus (SG5999Z) – Displaying ‘Singapore’s First 3-door Concept Bus’ and LTA logo in colour

The Concept Bus was first showcased at LTA’s Our Bus Journey Carnival in March-April 2016. Following modification works at its manufacturer, Gemilang Coachworks, the bus was put on a 6-month trial under Tower Transit from March 2017—September 2017, where the bus was deployed on Bus Service 143.

After the initial trial, the bus was then transferred to SBS Transit, and was showcased again at the Seletar Bus Depot Carnival. Subsequently, the bus was transferred to Bedok North Bus Depot for staff familiarization ahead of its revenue service debut.

Read more about the bus in our article here.

Wi-Fi Installation

Free Wi-Fi is available onboard SG5999Z, which was installed in late April 2018. Similar to the Starhub Free Wi-Fi trialled on Service 291, service is provided by local telecommunication company Starhub in partnership with Veniam.

Service 7 & Service 7A

On Monday, 2 April 2018, SG5999Z made its SBS Transit Revenue Service debut on Service 7, plying between Bedok and Clementi during peak hours.

The bus is regularly deployed on Service 7. On Saturdays, the bus is deployed on Short Trip Service 7A, plying from Bedok to Orchard Boulevard, before turning around and returning to Bedok as Service 7.


On Saturday, 07 April 2018, the bus was involved in a minor accident, where the right-hand mirror broke off due to impact damage. The bus returned to revenue service on Monday, 16 April 2018 after repairs.

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  • This article previously reported that the trial would begin (tentatively) on 9 April 2018. Actual date of revenue service debut was a week earlier, on 2 April 2018.

3-door Single Deck Bus

Another 3-door MAN Lion’s City Single Deck Concept Bus was deployed on a six-month trial with SMRT Buses from June 2017 to December 2017. The bus was spotted inside ST Kinetic’s compound at Boon Lay in 2018.

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8 thoughts on “SBS Transit trials 3-door MAN Lion’s City DD Concept Bus

  • 9 April 2018 at 9:01 PM

    SG4002G is now at SAT Kinetics

    • 9 April 2018 at 9:02 PM

      Sorry correction it is ST Kinetics

      • 12 April 2018 at 5:06 PM

        It’s already there for a months.

  • 5 April 2018 at 6:04 PM

    Should deploy on Service 76 together with SG4003D (Volvo B8L).

  • 1 April 2018 at 8:32 PM

    Should put it in service 25

    • 12 May 2019 at 8:24 PM

      Should deploy on 168, esp in the mornings and evenings due to the high demand

  • 31 March 2018 at 5:23 PM

    Bedok North Depot i can think is
    Bedok Int:7,14,30 and 168.
    Tampines Int:10,19,65 and 69.
    Upp East Coast Ter:45?
    Bedok North Depot:48?


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