The launch of a new bus depot will improve working conditions for drivers and help deliver more reliable services for passengers in Melbourne’s west.
Parliamentary Secretary for Public Transport Ros Spence today joined representatives from Transdev and Public Transport Victoria to open the new Sunshine West Depot.
Sunshine West is one of three state-of-the art bus depots being constructed as part of a $40 million investment, including Heatherton which is already in operation and Thomastown which will be completed in 2017.
The new $13.7 million Sunshine West Depot at 70 Vella Drive in Sunshine West will house up to 200 staff.
Initially, 70 buses will be stabled at the depot, with the capacity to increase to 100 as service demand grows.
Seven routes will operate from the Sunshine West Depot including the 215, 216, 219, 220, 223, 232 and 903.
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 Sunshine West Depot will ensure drivers have access to better facilities, to continue to get locals safely where they need to go every day.”
“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 west.”
Quote attributable to Member for Footscray Marsha Thomson
“This new depot will be home to up to 200 staff and potentially 100 buses, and is all part of our plan to improve bus services for residents out west.”