Construction of a new state-of-the-art bus depot in Thomastown has begun.
Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny joined representatives from Whittlesea Council, Transdev Melbourne and Public Transport Victoria on site today to mark the start of works.
The new depot on High Street in Thomastown will house up to 100 staff and 50 buses that will operate across Melbourne’s north.
It is part of a $40 million investment in new depots to support the delivery of Transdev services, which operate around 30 per cent of the Melbourne bus network.
The City of Whittlesea is serviced by two Transdev services – the 901 and 902 Smartbus routes – two of the most popular bus routes in Melbourne.
The Andrews Labor Government is investing $100 million in better bus services for Melbourne, including improvements to route 357 which connects Thomastown residents directly with Pacific Epping, the Northern Hospital and Thomastown railway station.
The depot is expected to be operational in early 2017.
Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown, Bronwyn Halfpenny
“This new state-of-the-art depot will be a base for up to 50 buses, 100 staff and better services for passengers across Melbourne’s north.”
“I have received great community feedback for the new services the Labor Government has provided. This builds on the commitments the Labor government promised and the delivery of those commitments”.
Quotes attributable to Acting Executive Director of Performance and Contract Management at PTV, Warwick Horsley
“The aim of the design for this depot has been on ensuring these new facilities are safe, environmentally focused and efficient, making this depot truly state-of-the-art.
“Upgrading our bus operations with this new depot will ensure we have the best available facilities to support the efficient operation of our bus network.”
Quotes attributable to Managing Director of Transdev Melbourne, Harry Wijers
“We are delighted the Victorian Government is making such a significant investment in the bus network.
“The new state-of-the-art Thomastown depot will enable us to provide a better, more reliable service for our passengers in the City of Whittlesea and beyond.”