This is where Transport Canberra’s old orange buses go to die, before being disposed of.
The ‘departure lounge’ in Fyshwick is home to about 30 buses aged between 20 and 28 years old that have seen better days.
The buses have attracted the attention of passers-by who have been wondering why they are there.
Transport Canberra said the Government-owned site on the corner of Canberra Avenue and Lithgow street where they are stabled was previously vacant land.
The buses, which also do not comply with disability requirements, had reached the end of their serviceable life and been replaced by the modern fleet of Euro VI diesel buses, it said.
A spokesperson said the buses were kept there so they did not crowd operational depots already under pressure.
“The fleet has been increased recently to provide additional services in the new network. A new depot facility is currently being scoped for Woden,” the spokesperson said.
But until the Woden depot is built, buses are being parked in layovers near the former Woden police station.
Transport Canberra did not say how long the buses would be at the Fyshwick site, saying it will continue to be used to ‘transition vehicles from in-service to disposal’.
“The buses are moved through the area as they are decommissioned from service,” the spokesperson said.