A new, state-of-the-art bus depot in Thomastown is now open, supporting better bus services for passengers in Melbourne’s north. Today I was joined by Parliamentary Secretary for Public Transport Ros Spence to officially open the $8.6 million facility.

The depot on High Street will be home for 50 buses operating on Smart Bus routes 901 and 902 – two of the most popular on the network. It includes facilities for 100 Transdev staff and huge tanks to capture 81,000 litres of rain water that will be used to wash buses. It’s the last of three new depots being built as part of the Victorian Government’s $40 million investment in new depots to support Transdev bus services, which operate around 30 per cent of Melbourne’s bus network.

The Andrews Government is investing $100 million to improve bus services across Melbourne – including new and expanded routes into to meet demand growth areas.

Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Public Transport Ros Spence; “We’re making buses better, with new routes and services to carry more people as Melbourne grows.” “New depots like these will support better bus services on some of our most popular routes, getting them home safer and sooner every day.”