Australasian Bus & Coach Issue 405

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in this issue

5 min
blood clots, bon bons &fairytales

Tinkering with electronics is therapeutically under-rated. Extreme stress relief through said exploits at 4.00am while jacked up on good cheap instant decaf coffee (you’ve done the math on how many cups that needs to be, right?) comes when you have no idea what you are doing really and you’ve accidentally broken bits and there’s always leftover screws, clips or capacitors – even though you did things carefully to avoid this. Good times. This would explain why I never really get to watch much TV. Yes, there are other TVs I suppose can be switched on and work just fine, but I like the perverse sense of achievement watching stuff after I’ve hopefully fixed (read: destroyed) really big and expensive ones. This, or course, doesn’t happen very often – the fixing, that is…

2 min
sealink buys wa bus operator go west

BUNBURY, Western Australia-based integrated transport provider Go West – established and run by venerable bus industry family the Haousts – has “agreed to a deal with potential consideration in excess of $100 million” in its sale to the Sealink Travel Group. Go West, with lead adviser BDO, negotiated the sale of the successful, home-grown Australian bus operator best known for bus and coach transport, particularly in the mining resources field. The operator began in 1981 with a single bus and grew to become one of Western Australia’s pre-eminent specialty providers of charter, rental and tour vehicles to the resources and public transit sectors, filling more than 500,000 seats monthly, BDO explains. Go West’s expansion is the result of its clever uptake of cutting-edge technology – including innovative fatigue management and asset monitoring systems…

2 min
kinetic acquires operator tasmanian redline

SKYBUS’ PARENT company Kinetic, with a focus on the Apple Isle, has acquired long-standing family run bus operator Tasmanian Redline. Tasmanian Redline Coaches (Tasmanian Redline), the largest government-contracted private bus operator in Tasmania, will join Kinetic’s growing bus mass transit network as it boosts its commitment to investing in the island state, the company states. Tasmanian Redline is one of the state’s largest busing operators, providing government-contracted route and school services across Burnie, Devonport, Hobart, Launceston and Smithton, as well as charter services for major tour operators, Kinetic confirms. The company is one of the state’s most established bus brands, having proudly operated for more than 90 years. Last year, Tasmanian Redline launched a new premium coach transfer service, the Redline Express, connecting travellers from Hobart and Launceston directly with the Spirit of Tasmania…

2 min
transit systems orders oz’s first hydrogen city buses

BUS OPERATOR TRANSIT SYSTEMS has purchased the first hydrogen fuel-cell buses to service public transport contracts in Australia, the company has announced. Sealink Travel Group CEO Clint Feuerherdt says the two innovative buses – Foton hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles – would likely go into service by mid-year, with sources telling ABC magazine that their NSW, Victoria, SA or WA operation are to be confirmed. “We are proudly setting the global benchmark for exploring and trialling different technologies to find and develop solutions with our key industry partners that suit the dynamic and complex operating conditions within the Australian public transport landscape,” he said. Transit Systems, which is part of the Sealink Travel group, is dedicated to exploring innovative technologies, with a proud history of running the second-longest hydrogen bus trial in the world, as…

2 min
adl e-buses for transdev’s howick & eastern

NEW ZEALAND bus operator Howick & Eastern, part of Transdev Australasia since late 2019, has ordered two ADL-BYD 12.6-metre e-buses from Kiwi Bus Builders bodies, ADL announced recently. To be used on Auckland Transport (AT) services, the three-axle single-deck ADL-BYD Enviro200EV XLB buses are being built for the specific requirements of bus operation in New Zealand, allowing it to carry 78 passengers without requiring an overweight permit, ADL explains. It uses the latest BYD iron-phosphate battery and driveline technology, with dual AC and DC plug charging adding operational flexibility, it adds. New Zealand is preparing to fully transition its bus fleet to zero-emission vehicles by 2035 as part of a wider set of measures intended to help meet the country’s 2050 carbon neutral target. Howick & Eastern by Transdev general manager Sheryll Otway said:…

1 min
transdev celebrates inclusion commitment via ‘pride’ e-bus

TRANDEV MELBOURNE has unveiled a Pride-themed rainbow bus to demonstrate its commitment to connecting and supporting Melbourne’s diverse communities. Victoria’s first fully electric bus featured the special Pride-themed livery throughout May and appeared at the Midsumma Festival Pride March on Sunday, May 23, together with Transdev Melbourne employees, the company confirms. Transdev Melbourne managing director Ian Craig said: “We are committed to delivering an inclusive, welcoming and safe bus service for all. “At Transdev, inclusion is more than just a word, it is about respecting and appreciating people for who they are. “We hope this bus sends a clear message to our customers, the community and our people about the value we place on diversity,” he added. RAINBOW SIX The special livery encourages members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI+) community to…