Transwa delivery

Western Australia’s Transwa now has 23 brand new coaches within its regional fleet

Transwa delivery
One of the new vehicles in the Transwa fleet

Volvo Bus Australia has delivered the first of 23 coaches to Western Australia operator Transwa, with some features yet to be seen in the Australian market.

The vehicles will service more than 240 regional towns across the state, after the State Government decided to invest millions in the fleet in 2014.

The investment was made in order to replace the existing, decade old, Transwa fleet and improve road coach services for people living, working and travelling in regional communities.

Regional Development Minister Terry Redman says government is committed to supporting the people of regions and connecting towns through public transport.

"Connecting communities through public transport will help build a stronger economy and better quality of life in the State's regions," he says.

Most journeys on the Transwa coaches are up to six hours long which means the purchase decision not only had to consider performance, but also the comfort and entertainment of passengers travelling on long journeys.

Transwa project manager Lindsey Organ says Volvo Bus Australia in partnership with Irizar Asia Pacific were selected by Transwa as the preferred proponents because they had the expertise required to deliver the project, and provide the best value for money.

The coaches are Volvo B11R’s bodied by a modern Irizar i6 body. The body has features that are yet to be seen in the Australian coach market – including, "aeroplane like" armrest-mounted audio controls which, allows passengers to listen to the radio or to a program featured on one of two screens built into the vehicle.

In addition, they feature unique reclining seats for added comfort, USB ports and a spacious toilet – receiving much praise and appreciation from passengers.

The coach seats 56 passengers and is equipped with a wheelchair lift which complies with the Disability Discrimination Act 1992, making the coaches accessible to all passengers.

 The vehicles are also air conditioned and have additional CCTV Camera’s for passenger safety and security.

 "Drivers are providing positive feedback - saying the coaches are a pleasure to drive," says Organ.

"This seems to be the general consensus once drivers have had a new coach in service. While some have said the steerable tag takes some getting used to, after a couple of turns behind the wheel, they actually feel it makes manoeuvring the 14.5 metre coach a lot easier."

Volvo Bus Australia general manager Sean Copeland says: "We are very proud to have partnered with Transwa to help service the local community in regional Western Australia.

"We truly believe that our B11R product will not only withstand the high intensity trips, but will save fuel, operation costs and can offer superior functionality, passenger comfort and lifecycle productivity."

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