Bus 506, a Scania K360UA, entering City Bus Station

Bus 506, a Scania K360UA, entering City Bus Station

ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Katy Gallagher, today announced 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.

“The procurement of the 20 replacement articulated buses is included in the $75.5m of funding previously provided by the ACT Government.

“Investing in public transport infrastructure is an important part of building a sustainable and environmentally friendly city,” the Chief Minister concluded.

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