TRANSDEV MELBOURNE 100-BUS FLEET UPGRADE COMPLETES

By: Fabian Cotter, Photography by: courtesy Transdev Melbourne


THE FINAL 14 units of Victoria’s single-biggest order of replacement buses in 25 years have headed into service around metropolitan routes, Transdev Melbourne announced recently.

TRANSDEV MELBOURNE 100-BUS FLEET UPGRADE COMPLETES
Transdev Australasia CEO Luke Agati (left) and Transdev Australasia’s chief officer Bus Operations Ian Craig welcoming one of the final 14 new buses.

Forming part of the state government’s 100 new-bus order, the 60 Scania K310UB (Euro 5) and 40 Scania K320UB (Euro 6)-chassis vehicles – fitted in an even split with either Volgren or Gemilang bodies - are, "…transforming the customer experience improving safety, reliability and comfort for our customers," the company explained.

The new buses were built in line with the Victorian government’s Local Jobs First Policy, creating jobs in Ballarat and sustaining employment in Dandenong, Transdev Melbourne confirms.

Operating from Transdev’s North Fitzroy depot on routes around the inner north and eastern suburbs - including Carlton, Kew, Port Melbourne and Altona North – the new buses have been replacing an ageing fleet since July, 2019.

According to the company, eventually these buses will service more routes across Melbourne and will operate where they are needed most.

The Euro 5 and 6 emissions standards mean they are cleaner and greener than the old Euro 3 emissions standard fleet, saving 5,346 tons of Co2 emissions across the first 86 buses rolled out on to the network, Transdev confirms.

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WELL MATCHED

Half of the buses were built at Volgren’s Dandenong factory, with the remaining 50 in the order built at Gemilang Australia in Ballarat, creating jobs for people including body builders, panel beaters, aftersales staff, auto electricians and painters, it confirms.

State Minister for Public Transport Ben Carroll said: "These new buses will give passengers a more reliable, comfortable and safer journey when travelling around Melbourne."

"We’ve modernised and upgraded Melbourne’s bus fleet, with the single biggest order of replacement buses in Victoria for more than two decades."

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Transdev Melbourne managing director Loretta Lynch said: "This bus order has significantly improved the customer experience, enabling us to retire nearly 100 state-owned buses which were older and less reliable than the industry average."

"These new buses are well matched to Melbourne conditions. They are being deployed across our network where they are needed most and will help thousands of customers make safe, comfortable and reliable journeys every day."

The company operates a third of the metropolitan bus network on behalf of the Victorian state government, it states.

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CREATURE COMFORTS

Passengers are enjoying upgraded and more reliable air conditioning during the summer months, fully accessible low floors, USB charging facilities, improved CCTV capability and bigger priority seating areas, Transdev says.

Fourty nine of the buses are fitted with a Thermo King HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) system, one has a new to the Australian market Denso unit under trial, and the other 50 have a Coachair CA34 HVAC system.

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