Operator chooses Higer bus for NSW rail shutdown

A New South Wales operator has opted to use the Higer H12300s Road Boss vehicles for rail work

Operator chooses Higer bus for NSW rail shutdown
Part of the Hopkinsons fleet

A Sydney-based bus operation has opted to use a specific type of bus for use on rail shutdown routes.

Hopkinsons Coach and Bus - a family-owned business that has been servicing Sydney’s western suburbs for more than 35 years - use Higer H12300s Road Boss vehicles when the need arises.

Fleet Manager Geoff Cooper says this key aspect of the business demands certain attributes from any bus in his fleet.

"The deal-breaker for any addition to the Hopkinsons fleet is reliability and we have certainly found that in the Higer," he says.

"The routes between railway stations are usually much longer than standard bus routes as they’re designed with trains in mind so when doing rail shutdown work, fuel economy becomes even more important to us.

"The perfect combination of reliability and fuel economy is what we saw in the Higer H12300s Road Boss."

The reliability of the Higer H12300s Road Boss comes from its strong chassis, married with proven components including an Allison 6-speed transmission and an ISBe5 Cummins engine.

Cooper  says apart from reliability, passengers on rail shutdown routes are looking for a comfortable bus ride.

"Many passengers on those routes have had a hard day and they’ve already been inconvenienced by the track closures, so the least we can give them is a nice bus to ride home in.

"With its air-conditioning, luxurious seats and seatbelts, the Higer Road Boss really does tick all the boxes for us."

He says a quality customer experience has always been part of Hopkinsons’ commitment.

 "We have always taken pride in our customer service and the quality of buses we use to service our passengers, and the Higer forms a key part of that."

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