Veolia opens $6.5m depot


Veolia Transdev has opened its new South Granville depot after more than three years' work

Veolia opens $6.5m depot
Veolia opens $6.5m depot
By Sean Muir | February 6, 2012

Veolia Transdev’s new bus depot has officially opened
at South Granville, New South Wales after about $6.5 million in construction costs.

The
depot opened
Tuesday and is now Veolia’s largest NSW depot.

Veolia Transdev Australasian CEO Jonathan Metcalfe says the depot took about 3.5 years to complete and covers about 15,000sq m.

Metcalfe says the depot accommodates 134 bus drivers, ten workshop staff, ten administration staff, and 102 vehicles, including 38 metro vehicles.

"Importantly this new depot operates seven-days-a-week, 24-hours-a-day from an operations control centre that we house here," Metcalfe says.

"Through that we can monitor all of our bus operations throughout NSW, including CCTV at depots, to increase safety and security."

Buses from the depot will service Parramatta, Chester Hill, Villawood and South Granville.

The depot has a modern workshop with environmentally friendly equipment and systems, including a spray booth heated by natural gas.

"It also houses a 90,000 litre underground storage tank, where we collect water to be recycled," Metcalfe says.

The depot’s development helped Veolia Transdev renegotiate Sydney contract 13.

Veolia will use the depot under a lease underwritten by the NSW Government, meaning if Veolia loses the contract in future another operator can take over.

NSW Transport and Roads Parliamentary Secretary John Ajaka was among state and local government officials present for the depot’s opening ceremony.

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