The next generation of Transperth buses will hit local streets later this year, after the State Government entered into a new contract to deliver 900 new buses over the next decade.
The $549 million contract has been awarded to Volvo Australia which will use Malaga-based company, Volgren to fit-out the new fleet of buses.
The new buses will replace those reaching the end of their useful life, and to expand the fleet as METRONET projects come on-line.
The modern, aluminium, low-floor diesel buses will have USB charging points, meet Euro6 emissions standards and will be fully accessible.
Volvo also outlined its potential to supply alternate technologies – including hybrid and full electric buses, which may be considered for trial by the Public Transport Authority in the future if such technologies are considered viable for Perth.
In partnership with local manufacturer Volgren, Volvo will deliver eight new buses a month for the next decade under the milestone agreement.
The bus chassis will be built at Volvo’s headquarters in Sweden, before being delivered to Volgren. The local manufacturer will then build the bus body and fit-out the vehicles to be ready for service.
The contract secures the jobs of 81 local Volgren employees, and a further 80 throughout the local supply chain. Under the new contract, Volgren also plan on increasing local fabrication and securing a local sub component manufacturer.
As noted by Premier Mark McGowan:
“METRONET is about more than just building train lines and major infrastructure, it’s also about ensuring public transport is an efficient and comfortable way to get around.
“This contract is an excellent example of local business working together with big players, combining WA suppliers and international expertise to create the best possible product for our local bus market, securing local jobs and opportunities.
“By delivering a modern, accessible fleet of buses, we’re ensuring the best network will be available to service this need as our city grows.”
As noted by Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
“The 900 buses to be built by Volvo Australia and Volgren as part of this contract will be on our network for decades, which is why a trusted supplier is vital to the success of the fleet.
“The capacity to upgrade to new, greener technologies in the future – if such tech becomes competitive – is yet another way we’re futureproofing our transport network in WA.
“I hope to return to Volgren’s facility in Malaga to see the first locally manufactured bus roll off the assembly line later this year.”