New Tassielink Bus Depot and Workshop
TASSIELINK BUS DEPOT INVESTMENT
TassieLink’s new $3.2 million bus maintenance and administration depot at Derwent Park in Hobart has been officially opened by the Minister for Sustainable Transport, Nick McKim.
Tassielink general manager Shane Dewsbery said by any standard the investment of $3.2 million in a new depot was significant.
"This is on top of the recent acquisition of a new low floor Scania and high floor MAN custom-built buses worth a combined $900,000," he said.
"These new vehicles are in addition to eight buses Tassielink has purchased over the past four years, worth an estimated $3.5 million.
"Tassielink sees these investments as important for Tasmania and our outer urban transport network seeing the benefits flow onto their customers.
"Our investment, along with the investment of other bus operators around the state, positively contributes to the delivery of a passenger transport product as good as anywhere in Australia for Tasmania."
Mr Dewsbery said the depot and the new vehicles would allow the company to continue to support its services to the Huon Valley, Richmond and Campania, Tasman Peninsula, the east and west coasts from Hobart, and Longford and Cressy.
“While the end user may not be aware of the investment, the benefits will flow through to the users of our services,” he said.
“Having a central base will make us more efficient and improve communication throughout our internal network.
“Customer demands have changed and the bus industry is changing to try and meet some of those demands.
“I consider the bus system in Tasmania is providing an essential service to the community, particularly in the outer urban areas.”
At the official opening Mr McKim said TassieLink should be congratulated for its multi-million dollar investment in the Tasmanian passenger transport sector.
"This depot not only represents a significant investment by a company intent on providing high quality passenger transport services, it is also a demonstration of TassieLink's commitment to a sustainable Tasmania," he said.
"The depot incorporates energy efficiency measures including low energy light fittings, heavy duty insulation and double glazed windows.
"The carbon footprint has been reduced through use of special concrete and recycling of materials from demolition of the old structures.
"It is also friendly to the environment through water saving measures such as capturing rainwater for washing vehicles, recycling of wastewater, low water use fixtures and drought tolerant landscaping.
"The new facility will not only support the efficient operation of TassieLink's transport network, but it should also prove to be a comfortable and enjoyable place to work.”
Leader of the Opposition Will Hodgman, who also attended the opening, congratulated TassieLink and its owners, the Usher family, for continuing to invest in Tasmania, providing a wonderful service to the community and showing their commitment to the state.
“From humble beginnings, the Usher family has built their business to cover the entire state, providing public transport into some of Tasmania’s most remote areas,” he said.
“I’m sure the launch of the new depot is the start of bright new chapter in TassieLink’s history.”
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