NSW BUS OPERATOR INTERLINE STARTS 10 E-BUS ROLL-OUT

By: Fabian Cotter, Photography by: courtesy BusNSW + ABC, Video by: Fabian Cotter


THE FIRST electric bus for Sydney’s South West region – run by Region 2 operator Interline – is now in operation, with another nine units due throughout 2021, it was announced recently.

NSW BUS OPERATOR INTERLINE STARTS 10 E-BUS ROLL-OUT
(L-R) Peter Sidgreaves, Member for Camden; Matt Threlkeld, BusNSW; Joe Oliveri, Interline Bus Services; Andrew Constance, NSW Minister for Transport and Roads; and Melanie Gibbons, Member for Holsworthy, who attended the hand-over at Leppington Railway Station, recently.

The ‘quieter and cleaner’ bus journeys in Sydney’s south west will see Interline’s new electric BCI Citirider EV bus initially operate on routes 859 (Carnes Hill to Edmondson Park) and 858 (Oran Park Town Centre to Leppington), Transport for NSW confirms.

The BCI e-bus is capable of running for up to seven hours on a full charge, TfNSW explains, while (at the time of print) another nine Yutong electric buses will be delivered to commuters via Interline by the end of the year, it adds.

ABC magazine video footage of the new bus in action around Leppington Station gives the electric-bus uninitiated some sense of how quiet this BCI e-bus is in action.

NSW Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance says it is one of more than 50 new electric buses being delivered across Sydney this year.

"Five electric buses have already been trialled in Sydney’s inner west and now it is time for customers in the south-west to start reaping the benefits of this amazing technology," Minister Constance stated.

"We are one step closer to creating a greener, cleaner and healthier future for the people of NSW, with inner-west customers and staff already giving us positive feedback about the quieter journeys.

"The NSW Government is committed to transitioning its 8,000 diesel buses to zero-emission technology, and I have previously set Transport for NSW the goal of electrifying the fleet by 2030."

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TAX SAVING

Member for Camden Peter Sidgreaves confirms Interline has purchased 10 new electric buses, which will be rolled out progressively across the south-west this year.

"The new electric buses are not only better for local commuters’ health and the environment, but they will also save taxpayers money on maintenance and operational costs," he said.

Member for Holsworthy Melanie Gibbons says it was exciting to see the NSW Government’s electric bus vision becoming a reality.

"Commuters in south-western Sydney will now get to enjoy the benefits of electric bus technology. It’s really great to see it reaching our local streets, and everyone will notice the difference," Gibbons said.

"These buses are better for our health, the environment and they are much quieter than their diesel counterparts, which is a big win for commuters and residents alike," she added.

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ABOUT INTERLINE

Interline Bus Services in NSW provides school and route bus services in Campbelltown, Minto, Raby, Macquarie Fields, Ingleburn, Bow Bowing and Liverpool, it states.

The company operates scheduled bus services in Sydney Metropolitan Bus Region 2, it confirms.

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