Australasian Bus & Coach Issue 403

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5 min
the energy within

Catching a local bus recently after many, many years, I must confess was a weirdly beautiful reminder of how unexpectedly enriching and soul-lifting such an experience can be. Seriously… I know that sounds abundantly contradictory, even to many of us in the bus industry and public-transport worlds, but I was recently reminded of one of the underlying strengths of the bus-travel experience: conversation with people. Not all people, of course, as who you get stuck with on a trip could ruin your day and cause untold psychological damage for years to come, no doubt, but get a good one where the courtesy, respect and banter imparts positive vibes and you’ll often find you walk away with much more ‘good value’ than the original ticket price. “She’s gone to a better place,” this grey-haired…

2 min
volgren queensland restructure announced

STAFF AT VOLGREN’S Eagle Farm site were informed recently that the company’s final bus will be delivered to Brisbane City Council in May 2021, as the bus supply contract between the two entities expired as per the contractual terms – and contract extension options were not taken by Council, Volgren has confirmed. The country’s largest bus body builder will thus restructure its Queensland operations as the joint-venture partnership concludes in June this year. Volgren has been operating as ‘prime contractor’ to Brisbane City Council since 2008 and in that time it has supplied more than 850 buses to the council, it confirms. The purpose-built facility at Eagle Farm has manufactured and delivered more than 1,100 buses for the Australian market. According to Volgren, the manufacturer remains in talks with the council about ongoing maintenance…

3 min
transit systems expands bus service into katherine, northern territory

TRANSPORTING nearly 850 students to six schools and servicing approximately 850 kilometres each day, Territory Transit – Transit Systems’ local operating name in the Northern Territory (NT) – started operating 10 school buses in Katherine from the February 1, 2021, the company announced recently. In picking up the new service areas in the Katherine region – including the Tindal RAAF Base, Katherine City Centre, Katherine Gorge, Pine Creek, Binjari Community and Cossack – Clint Feuerherdt, CEO of SeaLink Travel Group, which owns Transit Systems, says the company is looking forward to continuing to work with the Northern Territory government and local communities. “Since securing the Darwin Urban Bus contract in 2014, we have been delivering a reliable and comfortable service and we’re proud to expand our globally-recognised transport services into the Katherine…

2 min
iveco daily minibus range expands with 22-seat ‘shuttle’

ADDITIONAL CHOICE within the fiercely contested people-mover market is now available after Iveco launched its new 22-seat ‘Shuttle’-trim minibus option into its Daily range. This new Daily Shuttle minibus complements Iveco’s existing 11- and 16-seat models, providing operators with additional choice, “…while increasing the brand’s access to new markets with its many class-leading benefits,” the company explains. The latest 22-seat model in ‘Shuttle’ trim level is based on a 4,100mm wheelbase with a generous H2 roof (1,820mm standing height), and with a gross vehicle mass of 6.1 tonnes, Iveco confirms. The ‘Shuttle 22’ provides comfortable fabric seats with integrated safety belts, pleated curtains, modesty panels with handrails and overhead luggage rack with integrated air conditioner diffuser, the company states. All Daily minibus models bring the market-leading features of the award-winning Daily van range to…

2 min
lyons receives first mb custom-denning adventurer

NSW BUS OPERATOR Lyons Bus Service, Leeton, has received the first TfNSW Panel 3-approved Custom-Denning Adventurer coach on Mercedes-Benz 0500RF chassis. “You don’t realise how much of this bus is actually made right there on site, at their facility, in western Sydney of all places!” said joint owner-operator Richard Lyons. “It is truly an Australian-made bus, and we wanted to support Australian made, so this further simplified our decision-making process.” Lyons Bus Service, Leeton – a family business with routes dating from 1976 – was originally owned and operated by patriarch Jim Lyons senior. The business provided much-needed transport services to the quaint little town of Leeton and the extended Riverina region, and has done so for more than 45 years, it explains. Throughout the years, the business was divvied up amongst the family…

3 min
bus repair expert: “don’t undervalue aftersales!”

BUS MANUFACTURING quality from new has often ‘overshadowed’ bus collision after-sales repairs, but that shouldn’t necessarily be the case, says a leading Volgren aftersales expert. In assessing the value of quality bus and coach after sales and smash repairs, the Australian bus industry has much to be proud of, according to Volgren. Australian-built buses are renowned for their manufacturing excellence, it explains. The fact is, however, that almost all buses used in Australia are placed under punishing schedules on busy roads in unforgiving climates, it says. The best engineering and construction in the world can’t prevent wear-and-tear, accidents and other problems, it adds. This is why after-sales service is such an exceptionally important part of any manufacturer’s operations - but for decades the product that has left after sales has been overshadowed by…