I think MCV are trying to become ADL with Single and Double Deckers that look alike
Err, there is nothing wrong with that?
Newer Wright Eclipses do have a Gem2 looking front, and order - Gem1 look. And newest model has the 'FrogFace' front Optare MetroCity and Metrodecker also look alike.
I don't see any ADL-related pattern here.
Indeed, further examples are the entire Wright range from the mid 90’s to 2009 (the Eclipse, Eclipse Gemini, Pulsar, Pulsar Gemini, Crusader, Commander, Axcess-Ultralow, Solar, Endurance, Renown, Fusion, Commuter, Pathfinder, Floline, Cadet/Merit, Electrocity and probably others I’ve forgotten). You have the East Lancs styling which was shared among a number of buses (Omnitown, Omnicity, Omnidekka, Omnilink all share East Lancs styling, Lolyne, Vyking, Lowlander, Nordic & Myllenium as well as later on, the Esteem & Omnitown all sharing a mix of bodywork). The ALX range including the ALX100 (minibus), ALX200 (midibus), ALX300 (heavy duty single decker), ALX400 (double decker) & ALX500 (tri-axle double decker) which was then carried on to an extent with the Enviro range (the Enviro 500 had slightly different styling to begin with).
This would’ve been ideal for the contract win of the 293 to Quality Line if it were in TFL spec
That would have been nice but I suspect we're not going to see any more pure diesel heavyweight SDs bought for TfL work. The environmental impact of a heavyweight SD is probably quite close to that of a DD, and and we aren't getting any more pure diesel DDs. The two routes that absolutely need big SDs (227 and 358) have relatively young fleets so the question of new vehicles for those routes won't arise for a while. Well unless Stagecoach lose the 227 of course.
Probably a long time to be honest. Singapore has a long history of using heavyweight single deckers whereas the UK has moved towards lighter chassis like the Dennis Dart. London has decided not to buy hybrid single deckers and will move to electric single deckers. Other UK operators are trialling electric single deckers - provided they've gained govt funding to cover the cost. Places like Reading have gone for gas power on their newer single deckers. I just don't see that style of Singapore bus catching on.
Interesting that at the end of the video you see an Alexander bodied Volvo B10 - I thought those might have all gone by now but still hanging on. They do get a tremendously long life out of buses in SG.