New Euro 6 for Perth

The first Volvo/Volgren Euro 6 buses have been rolled out in Perth this week

The first part of a 70 bus order of new Volvo/Volgren Euro 6 buses has arrived in Perth, Western Australia.

The State Government had invested $58.5 million over the next five years to receive 70 new articulated Volvo Euro 6 buses.

The first of these buses arrived in Perth this week.

Transport Minister Dean Nalder says this investment puts Western Australia ahead of other states when it comes to delivering clean, reliable and efficient public transport.

"Currently the Australian Capital Territory is the only state or territory to have Euro 6 buses," he says.

The bus is a world first for Volvo as it is the first time the supplier has produced an articulated bus that meets Euro 6 standards.

"Articulated buses can carry more than 100 people and are typically used on some of Perth’s busiest bus routes, for major events, and as rail replacement services for planned disruptions," says Nalder.

"These new buses will not only be roomy and fully air-conditioned, but they will be low-floor vehicles, meaning they will be wheelchair accessible."

The buses have a Volvo chassis which was manufactured overseas, but Volgren staff assembled the vehicle body in Perth.

"This order of new articulated buses has meant Volgren has been able to employ another 15 staff here at their Malaga facility," says Nalder.

"They also needed to expand the size of the factory by about a third so they had enough space to do all the work."

The new Euro 6 buses will replace a range of Renaults and Mercedes articulated buses that first went into service between 1987 and 1989.

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