The South Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment will in­vest $300 mil­lion over 10 years for 400 new buses to ser­vice Ade­laide Metro net­work

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The South Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment will in­vest $300 mil­lion over the next 10 years for 400 new buses to ser­vice the Ade­laide Metro net­work.

A tai­lored In­dus­try Par­tic­i­pa­tion Plan will re­quire the suc­cess­ful ten­derer to max­imise op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal in­dus­try and lo­cal jobs, mean­ing as many of the buses as pos­si­ble will be man­u­fac­tured in SA. The 400 new buses will re­place age­ing buses and those that reach the com­pul­sory re­tire­ment age of 25.

The con­tract will en­cour­age in­no­va­tion with flex­i­ble con­trac­tual con­di­tions that fa­cil­i­tate the de­vel­op­ment of new and emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies such as elec­tric buses, mi­cro­hy­brids and hy­dro­gen-pow­ered buses.

The new con­tract is for the sup­ply and sup­port ser­vices of ap­prox­i­mately 40 buses per year from July 2018 for the Ade­laide Metro net­work.

“Up­grad­ing Ade­laide Metro’s fleet with 400 new buses has the po­ten­tial to pro­vide a boost to lo­cal man­u­fac­tur­ing, se­cure hun­dreds of lo­cal jobs and fur­ther mod­ernise our pub­lic trans­port net­work,” SA Premier Jay Weather­ill says. “We al­ready have an Ade­laide-based com­pany pro­duc­ing next- gen­er­a­tion elec­tric and low-emis­sion buses.

“Thanks to $2 mil­lion in State Gov­ern­ment fund­ing un­der the North­ern Eco­nomic Plan, Pre­ci­sion Com­po­nents has man­u­fac­tured two elec­tric and two low-car­bon buses as part of their di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion strat­egy after sup­ply­ing the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try for more than 20 years.

“Their suc­cess in de­vel­op­ing the first Aus­tralian-de­signed, en­gi­neered and man­u­fac­tured elec­tric bus has led to an agree­ment to sup­ply 50 low-car­bon buses in­ter­state. While this is a sad week for SA with the clo­sure of Holden, we hope this in­vest­ment will pro­vide op­por­tu­nity for many af­fected by the chang­ing face of man­u­fac­tur­ing in SA.”

The re­quest for ten­der opened on Oc­to­ber 19, with the first buses set to join the fleet late next year.

Above: The Ade­laide Metro fleet will be up­graded with 400 brand-new buses

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