Newcastle wins 250 jobs in new bus plant

By: Chris Smith


A new factory will be built in Newcastle and more than 250 jobs created after the NSW Government announced the

A new factory will be built in Newcastle and more than 250 jobs created after the NSW Government announced the outcome of a major bus contract.

Australia’s biggest bus manufacturer, Volgren Australia, was awarded the contract to build 150 articulated buses for the State Transit Authority.

Volgren Australia’s managing director, Peter Dale, says the extra buses and extra jobs were great news for NSW.

"Because of this decision, we will build a world-class facility in Newcastle and will add more than 250 jobs to the local economy," he says.

"We started recruiting soon after Christmas, and have an interim facility up and running by March 2009," he says.

The main facility would be completed by October 2009, and quickly move into full production.

"This is an exciting opportunity for our company, which has plants in Melbourne and Perth, and is about to build a large new facility in Brisbane," he says.

"The demand for public transport has jumped sharply in recent years, and buses are an excellent part of the solution.

"A new bus route can be introduced instantly, without the significant capital cost and long lead-times that come when you expand rail networks. And the demand for buses is going to increase because they present an excellent solution to public transport shortages.

"Experience shows that if you create a good bus system and the buses come often enough, people are prepared to get on board."

The 56-seater articulated buses, which can take 84 passengers including those standing, will be built on a Volvo chassis. The body is built using a unique aluminium system, which makes the buses stronger, lighter and more energy efficient than traditional steel buses.

Volgren Australia is Australia’s largest and most respected bus body-building company. It is a family owned company.

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