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.
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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]