Melbourne’s bus network will be reinvigorated by the construction of three new state-of-the-art depots.
The future of the bus network in Melbourne has been secured, with Public Transport Victoria (PTV), in partnership with Transdev commencing construction on the first of three new bus depots.
The Sunshine West depot is the first of three purpose-built depots to be constructed this year, as part of the Victorian Government’s $40 million new depots project.
To mark the commencement of construction, Warwick Horsley, PTV Head of Operations and Performance, John Tanner, Administrator, Brimbank City Council and Harry Wijers, Transdev Managing Director will conduct a sod turning ceremony at the site today.
Public Transport Victoria Head of Operations and Performance, Warwick Horsley said the new depot will be the most advanced in Melbourne.
“This state-of-the-art depot at Sunshine West has been designed to ensure the facilities are safe, environmentally focused and to support the delivery of an efficient bus operation,” Mr Horsley said.
“The new depot will have the best available facilities to support the efficient operation of the bus network, including and automated bus wash, modern, safe, fuelling facilities and improved driver amenities with recreational areas and staff parking.
“In addition to improving bus services across seven routes, design and construction of the new facility will provide employment opportunities for Victorian companies and their staff.
“The government is investing $40 million in three new state-of-the-art depots and $100 million to improve bus services.
“This $100 million investment will introduce new and expanded routes in growth areas, and includes $15 million for smarter integration of the bus and rail network,” Mr Horsley said.
The Sunshine West depot will replace the ageing Footscray depot and will initially be home to 150 staff and 70 buses, with the capacity to stable 100 buses in the future as demand for services grows.
Harry Wijers, Managing Director of Transdev Melbourne, said the new depot will improve bus operations for Transdev.
“We are delighted the Victorian Government is making such a significant investment in the bus network,” Mr Wijers said.
“We look forward to repaying that investment through the delivery of a more efficient bus network for the people of Melbourne.
“We would also like to acknowledge the Brimbank City Council for their support with the planning process,” he said.
The depot is located within the City of Brimbank, which is serviced by seven Transdev Melbourne bus routes - 215, 216, 219, 220, 223, 232 and 903.
The Sunshine West depot is located in the Sunshine West Industrial Precinct at 70 Vella Drive. Consultation to support the planning approval process was conducted in partnership with Brimbank City Council in 2015.
Construction of the depot is expected to be completed in September 2016.
Transdev Melbourne took over operations of approximately 30% of the Melbourne bus network on 4 August 2013. Transdev currently operates more than 500 buses from seven depots