Australasian Bus & Coach Issue 407

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in this issue

5 min
coronavirus – a love story

My Cousin Vinny is a brilliant flick. Seen it? You should. Actor Joe Pesci, as wannabe lawyer Vinny, needs to get his cousin (Ralph that Karate Kid kid) off the hook for some mistaken-identity crime of sorts, so he is stressed out at the seemingly insurmountable odds needed to win the case in some town in Alabama, USA. Now, there is this scene where he and his fiancée, played by Italian-American siren Marisa Tomei – a walking almanac of automobile facts and figures – are out on the deck of a cabin in the woods, contemplating the case, her biological clock, and all sorts of roller-coaster moments that life has thrown at them. Her heartfelt pleas for time and attention with foot stomping to emphasise her stress is equally matched and bettered…

2 min
transit systems e-bus fleet increases

SYDNEY REGION 6 bus fleet operator Transit Systems has added 10 ‘locally finished’ e-buses in collaboration with Transport for NSW, recently. The company says it is, “…very proud to be a local Australian company delivering innovative and more environmentally sustainable transport solutions, made possible by collaboration with the future-focused government agency Transport for NSW.” It adds: “We were pleased to accept delivery of 10 new electric buses increasing our electric fleet in New South Wales to 15 – we cannot wait to take delivery of the remaining buses,” it announced on social media. As Transit Systems explains, these latest 10 buses were finished locally in Australia – the seats, lights, and stanchions (grab rails) – with the company excited about the vision of Nexport to “… manufacture locally in the very near future.” NSW…

3 min
school service expansion ‘urgent’

THE SOUTH AUSTRALIAN Liberal government is committing $17.3 million for expanded school bus services, in addition to $42 million for “urgent” capital works for specific schools, it announced recently. In the State Budget 2021–22, $17.3 million has been allocated for new and expanded Adelaide Metro bus services to cater for the significant number of extra students set to attend secondary schools due to the transition of Year 7 into high school and the opening of two new state schools in Aldinga and Angle Vale, the government explains. School bus funding includes: • $12 million over two years for 20 new school buses• $497,000 in 2021–22 increasing to $1 million per year from 2022–23 to operate new and expanded bus services to support the Year 7 transition to high school from 2022• $388,000 in…

3 min
go bus wins contract expansion

FOLLOWING a competitive tender process for NZ national school transport services, Go Bus will more than double its contracted services after being selected as the preferred 12-year supplier for 679 school routes – including in the new regions of Manawatu, Wairarapa and Marlborough – the Kinetic-owned company announced recently. This expanded contract will see an additional 379 vehicles added to Go Bus’s school fleet, with services commencing in January, 2022, it confirms. As New Zealand’s leading passenger bus transport business, Go Bus is to expand its government-contracted school transport services after the New Zealand Ministry of Education re-selected it as a preferred supplier to deliver more bus services across the country for a further 12-year period. Go Bus – part of Australia and NZ’s biggest bus network Kinetic – currently operates more than…

1 min
sealink’s go west acquisition completes

SEALINK TRAVEL GROUP LIMITED (SeaLink) has successfully acquired Go West Tours* for an enterprise value of $84.7 million** – plus an earn-out component of up to $25 million, the company has announced. Three strategic properties were also purchased for an additional $3.8 million, it confirms. SeaLink’s Group chief executive officer Clint Feuerherdt says the acquisition diversifies our portfolio and provides a platform for further growth into the attractive resources sector. “We welcome all of Go West’s employees to the Group and look forward to working together to continue delivering great services for Go West’s clients,” Feuerherdt stated. “Our focus remains on designing, delivering and operating world-class, innovative and sustainable transport solutions,” he added. NOTE: * SeaLink Travel Group Limited has acquired 100 per cent of the shares in S.V.Haoust Pty Ltd (trading as Go West Tours)…

3 min
hydrogen coaches on track for aussie mining use

TOUTED AS THE world’s first coach fleet of its type, Hyzon Motor’s ‘Road Warrior’ hydrogen-powered coaches passed durability testing for an Australian mining company, completing a 15,000-kilometre run before use in a harsh, remote region of Western Australia, Hyzon confirms. The achievement keeps delivery of 10 Hyzon coaches on schedule, with testing for Fortescue Metals Group showcasing capabilities of the zero-emission, hydrogen fuel-cell coach up to an 800km range, the company explains. Hyzon-Fortescue’s collaboration is the latest sign of increasing industrial, commercial support of hydrogen in anUS$87.5 billion (A$118.3 billion) global coach-bus market, Hyzon states. The completed 15,000km durability test of its mining transport coaches was a key tryout before one of the world’s largest iron-ore producers uses the vehicles in the remote WA Pilbara region, the company says. Hyzon is a leading global…