New depot for Transdev

By: Chris Thompson


The depot can fit up to 44 buses The depot can fit up to 44 buses The depot can fit up to 44 buses
The depot can fit up to 44 buses The depot can fit up to 44 buses The depot can fit up to 44 buses
A commemorative plaque is revealed behind tiny curtains A commemorative plaque is revealed behind tiny curtains A commemorative plaque is revealed behind tiny curtains
Ros Spence, parliamentary secretary of public transport Ros Spence, parliamentary secretary of public transport Ros Spence, parliamentary secretary of public transport
Wijers, Spence, and Horsley ready to cut the official red tape Wijers, Spence, and Horsley ready to cut the official red tape Wijers, Spence, and Horsley ready to cut the official red tape
Transdev Melbourne managing director Harry Weijers  Transdev Melbourne managing director Harry Weijers  Transdev Melbourne managing director Harry Weijers 
The roomy workshop can accomodate a few buses at a time The roomy workshop can accomodate a few buses at a time The roomy workshop can accomodate a few buses at a time

Transdev Melbourne is expanding operations with the first of three new depots

Transdev Melbourne has opened a new $10.6 million bus depot at Heatherton as the operator works with the Victorian Government and Public Transport Victoria (PTV) to expand services.

Transdev Melbourne managing director Harry Wijers, parliamentary secretary for public transport Ros Spence, and Warwick Horsley, PTV acting executive director of performance and contract management, officially opened the depot on September 7, though operations had begun a couple of weeks prior.

With a 44-bus capacity and enough space for 110 staff, the depot seems future-proof compared with Transdev’s previous Sandringham depot in Doncaster.

Features of the Heatherton depot include an automatic bus wash, a fuel refilling station, rainwater tanks and recycling, and a bodywork spray booth.

The depot is a government asset, which means another operator would be able to use the depot if Transdev leave.

Wijers says that won’t be happening.

"It’s not just our people who benefit from this investment, it’s also our customers," he told attendees at the official opening.

"At our new state-of-the-art depot, we have new fuel facilities that are so efficient our buses can be back on the road much quicker than they could from Sandringham."

He also points out the systems which track buses and create data are useful for keeping Transdev services efficient.

"We, as an organisation, work hard to complement this facility with initiatives that improve our performance even further," Weijrs says.

"All these buses are equipped with in-vehicle technology which enables us to improve driver performance, and gives us real-time data on speeding, braking and idling, which helps us coach our drivers on providing better service every day."

Drivers are also made very comfortable in the drivers’ room, which features a billiards table, and a separate quiet room for drivers to rest.

Transdev Melbourne is set to open two more depots in Melbourne.

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