Adelaide green buses on the cards

By: Chris Smith


The Rann Government is continuing to lead the fight against climate change with the roll out of new, green buses

The Rann Government is continuing to lead the fight against climate change with the roll out of new, green buses to Adelaide’s passenger transport network.

Transport Minister Patrick Conlon says the Scania buses use the latest Euro 5 Engine technology and are the most environmentally friendly diesel buses available.

"These diesel-powered buses exceed the most stringent emission standards currently set anywhere in the world," he says.

"The Euro 5 with EEV (Enhanced Environmentally-friendly Vehicle) standard does not come into force until October 2009 in Europe and 2011 in Australia.

"These are the first of 80 brand new buses to be delivered by the end of the financial year. We have six of these green buses already in service with the remainder to be progressively rolled out by July 1, 2009."

This year’s State Budget provided funding for an extra 20 buses each year for four years, on top of the ongoing bus replacement program.

The Scania chassis are shipped from Sweden to Adelaide where the body, which includes air-conditioning, seats, and windows, is assembled on to the chassis by Custom Coaches at Royal Park.

"A more environmentally sustainable bus fleet is just part of this Government’s $2 billion public transport revolution," Conlon says.

"It will coincide with the progressive electrification of the rail network over the next decade, providing significant environmental benefits for daily travel.

"The purchase of 50 new electric trains will complement the continued introduction of these Euro 5 standard buses over the next four years.

"This approach fits well with the Government’s considerable efforts to green its operations and reduce South Australia’s carbon footprint."

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