WA operator forks out for fleet of the future


WA bus and coach operator Adams Group will pay close to $8 million to modernise its touring fleet

WA operator forks out for fleet of the future
WA operator forks out for fleet of the future

By Sean Muir | March 7, 2012

Western Australian bus and coach operator Adams
Group will pay
close to
$8 million to modernise its touring fleet,
under a new
agreement announced today.

Volvo and Irizar will supply at least 15 coaches with a combined value of more than $7.5 million for Adams growing touring coach fleet.

Adams received 12
bids for the formal supply tender, which went to market late last year.

Adams General Manager Shane Ballingall says there was close competition for the tender.

"It was a close race to the end, however the huge commitment of support offered by Volvo, was one of the deciding factors in the tender," Ballingall says.

Ballingall says Volvo was well positioned after setting up a specialised bus facility in Perth to service the growing fleet of Volvo chassis in the Transperth network.

He says Volvo also rated highly on fuel consumption, suitability, and innovation due to to the I-Shift transmission.

Irizar offered its new luxury i6 body for the tender.

According to Adams, the Irizar body features
loads of modern technology and conforms to high safety standards.

The tender aimed to select the best chassis and body combination to operate the company’s Australian Pinnacle Tours and Adams Gold Class businesses.

Tenders were assessed by a specialised team with experience across operations, maintenance, and management.

"The process we undertook is not unlike that used by government or large corporations when deciding on large supply requirements" Ballingall says.

Adams Managing Director Adam Barnard says Adams is committed to continue working with other suppliers for future requirements.

"With the current expansion of industry in Western Australia and the continued growth of the energy and resources sector I have no doubt we will have even greater need for new fleet in the near future" Barnard says.

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