Greyhound makes moves in the Bowen Basin

By: Graham Gardiner

Greyhound’s distinctive red coaches will become a regular feature in the Bowen Basin after it announced it has added three

Greyhound’s distinctive red coaches will become a regular feature in the Bowen Basin after it announced it has added three Central Queensland mines to its growing portfolio of mining contracts.

Greyhound Commercial, a division of Greyhound Australia, has won an exclusive contract with Downer EDI Mining to transport its employees to and from mining projects in the Bowen Basin.

As part of its commitment to employee health and safety, Downer EDI Mining provides transport for its workers at the end of their shifts. Greyhound will operate 40 services per week for the company, including crew changeovers in Mackay and Townsville, as well as daily site-to-camp shuttles.

Downer EDI Mining employees will also now receive the additional benefit of receiving up to 20 percent discount on personal travel on Greyhound's freight and express networks.

Greyhound Australia CEO Robert Thomas says the contract demonstrates Greyhound Commercial’s growth in the region.

"Our service provides mine owners and mining contractors with a reliable and safe integrated transport solution that can be used to carry employees from up and down the Central Queensland coast to the mines in the Bowen Basin," he says.

"Our experience and performance at sites such as the BHP Billiton Olympic Dam mine in South Australia will be used to ensure the safety and comfort of workers in Central Queensland."

Greyhound Commercial is the only coach provider in the region that has real-time vehicle tracking, as well as a 24-hour operations control room that can keep the mines informed of their employees’ travel progress.

"We utilise state-of-the-art maintenance systems to manage our modern fleet, which ensures the highest levels of reliability, safety and on-time performance," Thomas says.

"Greyhound is also committed to managing its emissions and maximising the efficiency of travel.

"When compared to jet aircraft, studies have shown one full coach has five times less CO2 emissions per passenger per kilometre on the same route, and just one full Greyhound coach also means there are at least 16 fewer cars on the road.

"Greyhound also uses, where available, BP 10ppm diesel - the cleanest fuel available in Australia."

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