The outcome of the tender for ACTION’s new articulated buses has been revealed.
Delivery will commence in June 2012 of twenty Scania K360UA articulated buses with CB80 body from Custom Bus of Adelaide.
With thirty-three articulated buses currently serving in the ACTION fleet, it could be assumed that a number of the newer units would remain in service whilst the oldest units, dating back to the late 1980s, would be retired.
Specific inclusions in the new vehicles include ThermoKing climate control, two wheelchair spaces with low-floor access, 265kW (360 hp) of power, 1600Nm of torque and Euro V emissions standards.
The buses will seat sixty-five passengers and cater for forty standing passengers and will meet the standards of the Australian Design and Disability Discrimination Act.
Twenty-six 14.5 metre long Scania K320UB ‘Steer Tag’ buses that were originally purchased to replace the current fleet of aging articulated Renault PR180.2 buses, were approved to operate only on selected roads making them unable to operate many routes across the ACTION network, including School Services. In particular the Steer Tag vehicles are unable to be driven on Route 900, the busy weekend intertown service, due to some tight turns in Wanniassa.
A lifespan in Canberra of twenty years can be expected from the new vehicles.