New Transperth Buses ahead of the game

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Wednesday, 4 March 2015

  • Cleanest diesel buses in the world land in Perth
  • Transperth to receive 70 new articulated Volvo Euro 6 buses over five years
  • Vehicle body assembled in Perth resulting in boost to local jobs

The world’s cleanest diesel buses have arrived in Perth to replace some of the oldest buses in Transperth’s fleet.

Transport Minister Dean Nalder today announced the State Government had invested $58.5 million over the next five years to receive 70 new articulated Volvo Euro 6 buses.

Euro 6 is an exhaust emissions standard for heavy vehicles – currently the cleanest in the world – and is one step better than the current Australian standard, Euro 5.

“Currently the Australian Capital Territory is the only State or Territory to have Euro 6 buses,” Mr Nalder said.

“This investment really puts Western Australia miles ahead of other States when it comes to delivering clean, reliable and efficient public transport.

“In addition, the bus you see today is actually a world first for Volvo. This is the first time they’ve produced an articulated bus that meets Euro 6 standards.

“Articulated buses can carry more than 100 people and are typically used on some of Perth’s busiest bus routes, for major events, and as rail replacement services for planned disruptions.

“These new buses will not only be roomy and fully air-conditioned, but they will be low-floor vehicles, meaning they will be wheelchair accessible.”

The Minister said the buses had a Volvo chassis which was manufactured overseas, but local Volgren staff assembled the vehicle body in Perth.

“This order of new articulated buses has meant Volgren has been able to employ another 15 staff here at their Malaga facility,” Mr Nalder said.

“They also needed to expand the size of the factory by about a third so they had enough space to do all the work.”

Fact File

  • The new Euro 6 buses will replace a range of Renaults and Mercedes articulated buses that first went into service between 1987 and 1989
  • The buses will be delivered over five years