Victoria’s bus network is set to be strengthened with construction of a new state-of-the-art bus depot in Heatherton starting today.
The Heatherton Depot is one 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, a sod turn ceremony was held at the site today.
Public Transport Victoria Executive Director Customer Experience Alan Fedda said the new depot will be among the most advanced in Melbourne.
“The aim of the design for this depot has been on ensuring the facilities are safe, environmentally focused and efficient, making this depot truly state-of-the-art, ” Mr Fedda said.
“Upgrading our bus operations with this new depot will ensure we have the best available facilities to support the efficient operation of the bus network.
“In addition to improving bus services across five routes, design and construction of the new facility will provide employment opportunities for Victorian companies and their staff,” Mr Fedda said.
The Heatherton depot will replace the ageing Sandringham depot and will be home to 65 staff, with up to 40 buses operating from the depot.
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 our passengers in the City of Kingston and beyond.”
Mr Wijers also acknowledged the Kingston City Council for their support with the planning and community consultation process.
The Heatherton Depot is located at 3/1 Kingston Road, Heatherton and construction of the depot is expected to be completed in August 2016.
Transdev Melbourne took over operations of approximately 30% of the Melbourne bus network on 4 August 2013.
Transdev Melbourne currently operates over 500 buses from seven depots with five routes servicing the City of Kingston – bus routes 600, 902, 903, 923 and 922.
To keep up-to-date with the new depots project visit www.transdevmelbourne.com.au