VENTURA EXTENDS VOLGREN BUS SUPPLY AGREEMENT
MELBOURNE’S LARGEST bus operator, Ventura Bus Lines, has extended its bus supply agreement with Australia’s largest bus body builder, Volgren, for four years.
Under the new supply contract, Volgren will deliver a minimum of 21 route buses, built primarily on Scania chassis, each year until 2022.
Michael Hourn, Ventura’s general manager for Fleet and Maintenance, said the new deal would be a first for the company, whose procurement committee has previously reviewed supply agreements on a more regular basis.
“Traditionally we go through the process every two years to maximise purchasing power; however, this time around our procurement committee were open to longer agreements than two years. Anywhere up to four years.”
Hourn says with a number of key personnel on its procurement committee, it considers price in conjunction with quality.
“We look at run rate. And by that we mean: are we happy with the product? And we’re really happy with the product. We buy the best product for the best price.”
“The Optimus low-floor is an excellent city bus and it’s widely recognised as one of the better products going around.
“The new buses will include some new anti-vandalism measures including a spray-on coating which will prevent [graffiti] ink from actually staying on, It’s quite exciting, although it’s early days.”
Hourn says the seating configuration will also be modified; a change he thinks will make a noticeable difference in lowering customer falls.
Above: Volgren will deliver a minimum of 21 route buses, built primarily on Scania chassis, each year until 2022, to Ventura.