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New Scania buses for ACTION

By johnboy 29 November 2011 24

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Chief Minister Gallagher has announced (dated 27 November but only online this afternoon) new buses for the ACTION fleet.

a contract has been signed to purchase 20 new accessible, articulated, large-capacity and environmentally friendly buses for the ACTION fleet.

“Following a thorough and exhaustive tender process, Scania Australia has been selected to provide ACTION with the Scania Euro 5 easy access articulated buses, which will be the first new articulated buses in Canberra for over 20 years,” the Chief Minister said.

It is expected that the buses will carry up to 105 passengers and will be progressively delivered between July 2012 and March 2013. They will be used on high volume, high frequency routes across the ACTION network.

A team of ACTION fleet, driver and workshop representatives this month performed a pre-production test of the buses to finalise the specifications.

“The new buses are the latest available from the manufacturer, are fully accessible, climate controlled and low emission, and will help make public transport a more attractive alternative to driving a car,” the Chief Minister said.

“These replacements will be part of the ACT Government’s commitment to achieving an accessible fleet target of 55% by December 2012.

Custom Coaches have more on the purchase:

The new buses due to be delivered between 2012 and March 2013 will replace the existing articulated buses in the ACTION fleet. ACTION Buses Strategic Fleet and Capital Projects Richard Matto, says that ‘the Scania articulated buses will replace the oldest of the 33 Renault bendy buses which Action has had in service for 23 years. The remaining 13 will be replaced at a later date’

The ACTION CB80 Artic will be built using state of the art technology at the Custom Adelaide plant, using CB80 city bus bodies and design. Custom has extensive experience building & designing articulated buses including most recently supplying South Australia’s DPTI bus fleet with CB80 Artics.

[Photo Courtesy Custom Coaches]

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damien haas 2:02 pm 30 Nov 11

fromthecapital said :

I caught a bus this morning in lieu of riding my bike (don’t worry rioters.. I own a private car and pay all applicable taxes). One thing I noticed compared to my previous life in London is that the stop buttons are few and far between and sometimes hard to access on action buses. Also it would be much more efficient if passengers could exit at the back at every stop.

A circular went out to all drivers earlier this year advising that passengers can now exit from the rear door, at any stop, upon request.

thatsnotme 1:28 pm 30 Nov 11

Very Busy said :

Currently, all 33 existing articulated buses are used every weekday for school services. The reason that they are sometimes used on expresso services is due more to convenience rather than passenger volume. Several drivers operate shifts that include school services aswell as expresso services and they don’t go back to the depot to change buses.

Fair enough if they’re all used then, but my Expresso service (the 703) would often not cope with a normal bus – it’s frequently standing room only, with a lot of people in the isles, on an articulated bus. It’s a very popular service (by Canberra standards anyway!)

miz 12:54 pm 30 Nov 11

The extra long buses were a disaster as they could only be driven on main Canberra roads (too big to turn without hitting people, etc).

They were cheaper than artics (I understand the greens made the govt get them because they were cheaper) but they were a false economy as they are pretty useless and a waste of money.

fromthecapital 11:42 am 30 Nov 11

I caught a bus this morning in lieu of riding my bike (don’t worry rioters.. I own a private car and pay all applicable taxes). One thing I noticed compared to my previous life in London is that the stop buttons are few and far between and sometimes hard to access on action buses. Also it would be much more efficient if passengers could exit at the back at every stop.

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