NZ Bus unveils new depot

New Wellington depot sees operator carve out a good spot ahead of major service changes

NZ Bus unveils new depot
NZ Bus chief executive Zane Fulljames, Greater Wellington Regional Council chairperson Chris Laidlaw and NZ minister of transport Simon Bridges at the opening of the new NZ Bus depot in Wellington

NZ Bus’ new depot in the Wellington suburb of Kaiwharawhara was officially opened by New Zealand’s minister of transport Simon Bridges recently.

Close to Wellington Railway Station, it provides good links with other modes of public transport and complements the city’s planned bus network changes.

NZ Bus chief executive Zane Fulljames says the depot is part of the organisations investment in new infrastructure to support Wellington’s future public transport needs.

"NZ Bus is Wellington’s major public transport operator, and the opening of this new depot reflects our ongoing commitment to modernising Wellington’s bus network to make it more efficient, reliable and accessible for everyone," he says.

NZ Bus spent $4 million on the depot, which includes a four-bay workshop with a vehicle hoist, inspection pits and a bus wash.

"Our investment in fleet maintenance at the new depot will help ensure buses are thoroughly maintained, which reflects our emphasis on safety as an absolute priority for the 20 million passenger trips our buses do each year," Fulljames says.

NZ Bus is also set to refurbish its Kilbirnie depot, which will be modified to accommodate double-deckers.

The Kaiwharawhara depot will provide important extra capacity while the Kilbirnie depot improvements take place between 2016 and 2017.

"Being situated in a different part of the city, the new depot complements the existing depot nicely," Fulljames says.

The new depots’ proximity to Wellington Railway Station will result in time and cost savings, as bus drivers will have less distance to travel to one of their most regular destinations.

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