NSW announces hybrid bus trial; coach layover facility

By: Graham Gardiner


Transport Minister David Campbell has announced the NSW Government will trial brand new 'green' technology buses. He says two different

Transport Minister David Campbell has announced the NSW Government will trial brand new 'green' technology buses.

He says two different green technologies will be tested in Sydney for up to 12 months, as part of an initiative to reduce the State’s carbon footprint.

"The NSW Government is creating cleaner and greener public transport in NSW," Campbell says.

"NSW Transport and Infrastructure has been asked to start an expression of interest process to find a supplier of the enviro-friendly buses.

"One bus takes up to 50 cars off the road – making them a great way to help the environment.

"If the 'green' buses prove to be efficient we could roll out more in the future."

Campbell says a great deal of work is being done both here and overseas to create transport solutions that help the environment.

"The NSW Government has already invested $250 million in the replacement of older buses with the more environmentally-friendly Euro 5 buses that run on diesel and compressed natural gas," he says.

"As a Government that is serious about its commitment to a more sustainable future, we have a responsibility to investigate these new technologies."

Campbell made the announcement during a visit to the Australian Bus and Coach Show in Sydney.

He also revealed a new 55-spot layover facility for tourist coaches at King Street Wharf is to be created.

"This new facility will free up much-needed space on Sydney’s streets as well as providing secure facilities for coach drivers," Campbell says.

The EcoBuses EOI will be available shortly and details on how the bus industry can participate will be provided by NSW Transport and Infrastructure.

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