The launch of a new bus depot will improve working conditions for drivers and help deliver more reliable services for passengers in Melbourne’s south-east.
Parliamentary Secretary for Public Transport Ros Spence today joined representatives from Transdev and Public Transport Victoria to open the new Heatherton Depot.
Heatherton is the first of three state-of-the art bus depots being constructed this year as part of a $40 million investment in new depots to boost Transdev services.
The new $10.6 million depot at 2/1 Kingston Road in Heatherton will house up to 110 staff and 44 buses.
The depot is located within the City of Kingston, which is serviced by four Transdev Melbourne bus routes – 600, 903, 922 and 923.
Key features of the depot include:
- automated bus wash
- modern fuel facility
- water tanks for rain water harvesting, and underground tanks as part of a water recycling system for the bus wash
- design to maximise natural light and reduce electricity requirements
- modern bus bodywork and spray booth
The Andrews Labor Government is also investing a further $100 million to improve bus services across Melbourne including the introduction of new and expanded routes in growth areas and better integration of the bus and rail networks.
Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Public Transport Ros Spence
“The new Heatherton Depot will ensure drivers have access to better facilities, to continue to get millions of Victorians safely where they need to go every day.”
“This depot will be home to more than 40 buses and 110 staff, and is part of our plan to improve bus services for the community.”
“We know demand for services is growing, which is why we are upgrading and modernising the network — making it easier to run more reliable services for passengers across Melbourne’s south-east.”