10/01/2020 | Stephan Knoll MP | More Jobs | Better Services

The first of approximately 340 new Adelaide Metro buses commissioned by the Marshall Government has rolled off the production line, supporting almost 100 local jobs.

The new buses are more fuel efficient and have lower exhaust emissions and will begin providing a better, cleaner and more comfortable bus service to passengers in February 2020.

Last year Scania Australia were awarded the contract to supply approximately 340 buses over the next ten years, with a minimum of 29 of the 34 buses each year to be constructed in South Australia by Precision Buses.

“The Marshall Government is continuing to build a better public transport network to provide better services and support local jobs,” said Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Stephan Knoll.

“We are building a better public transport network to help turnaround the fall in public transport patronage that we saw under the former Labor government.

“We are building almost $1 billion of new public transport infrastructure, including electrifying the Gawler rail line, extending the Tonsley rail line and building more Park n Rides along the O-Bahn.

“We are also improving bus services and these approximately 340 buses over the next 10 years will provide passengers with a better, cleaner and more comfortable service.

“Importantly, the vast majority of these new buses will be manufactured right here in South Australia and create local jobs.

“These 340 new, clean Euro 6 buses will replace older buses and help reduce exhaust emissions making them cleaner and more environmentally friendly.

“By providing a cleaner and more comfortable service we are encouraging more people to leave the car at home and catch public transport.”

Precision Buses are also creating an Apprenticeship Academy and around 40 new jobs as a result of this bus supply contract.

Over the last six years, an average of 27 buses per year have been delivered. Under the new contract, an average of 34 buses per year are expected to be delivered.

DPTI manages 990 buses in Metropolitan Adelaide as part of the Adelaide Metro Public Transport system.

New buses are purchased each year to replace existing buses, which are no longer fit for purpose or have reached the compulsory retirement age of 25 years, as required under the Passenger Transport Regulations 2009.

Key features of the new bus contract include;

  • The supply of approximately 340 buses over the next ten years;
  • A demonstration Hybrid bus to be provided by 2020, with first full evaluation Hybrid to be delivered in 2021;
  • Flexible contract enabling changes to bus mix based on government priorities;
    • Current mix: 29 rigid, five articulated per year;
  • KPI based supplier performance reviews;
  • All buses will be Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant; and,
  • All buses will have driver security screens, duress alarms, CCTV and a fire suppression system.