Kangaroo Bus Lines for G20 transport

By: Amie Hickland

Kangaroo Bus Lines has been awarded a contract to supply 120 vehicles during the G20 Leaders

Kangaroo Bus Lines for G20 transport
Kangaroo Bus Lines has secured a contract to deliver transport during the G20 Leaders Summit

Australian operators will band together as part of a transport agreement for the G20 Leaders Summit to be held in Brisbane next month.

The event will see up to 25 world leaders, 4000 delegates and 3000 domestic and international media descend on the city.

A total of 80 coaches and 40 mini-buses will be provided for the event, although Kangaroo Bus Lines General Manager Darren Webster is unable to reveal specific details about what the vehicles will be used for.

Webster will lead the contract and has pulled in sub-contractors from around the country, although 85 per cent of buses will come from Queensland operations.

Webster says this is no easy feat as the summit is not held during school holidays when most operators have coaches to spare.

He says all Queensland Bus Industry Council (QBIC) members have been asked for expressions of interest.

"It’s not a school holiday period so it makes it harder, and they’re coaches and they’ve got to be to a certain standard," Webster says.

He says one of the main reasons Kangaroo Bus Lines has been awarded the contract is the latest security features in the operator’s new Burpengary depot.

All 120 vehicles will be housed at the depot during the summit.

"We built a new depot for the business and to do that was one of the factors in us being able to secure the contracts, because of the level of security in our new depot."

Webster says the awarding of the contract will bring some recognition to Kangaroo Bus Lines as an industry leader.

Kangaroo Bus Lines and sub-contractors will provide services for the G20 from November 4 to 17.

Brisbane will also observe a one-off public holiday on November 14 to help ease congestion in the city.

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