Transport Minister Gladys Berejikian opens new depot at Smithfield
NSW Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian today officially opened the new Transit Systems $14 million state of the art bus depot at Smithfield in Sydney’s South West.
The facility will house approximately 80 buses and provide the base for 150 employees with Transit Systems now operating over 480,000 services annually from its three depots and carrying approximately 11 million passengers in the region.
The additional capacity of the new depot will provide immediate benefits to local commuters with a new bus route, the 835, commencing operation on 28 April.
Operating between Prairiewood and St Marys, the service will provide new public transport services within Wetherill Park, Eastern Creek and Erskine Park and will improve access to the Western Sydney Institute TAFE and University of Western Sydney facilities in Kingswood.
Ms Berejikian today said the depot was already proving beneficial for staff and customers.
“I’m very pleased to be here to open this fantastic new facility at Smithfield in Sydney’s west, particularly as the depot is providing immediate benefits to customers,” Ms Berejikian said.
Ms Berejikian said Transit Systems was awarded one of eight new Sydney metropolitan bus service contracts after a competitive tendering process which is resulting in customer service improvements and average savings of more than $45 million a year across all contracts.
“The new Sydney metropolitan bus service contracts impose a very strong customer focus and detailed key performance indicators, and the results are starting to show,” she said.
Transit Systems has met the high standards required under the Sydney Metropolitan Bus Contracts for On Time Running performance, meaning that 95% of services operate within the required timeframe.
As part of the contract, Transit Systems and the State Government also purchased 65 new buses - making the Transit Systems fleet one of the youngest large-scale bus fleets in NSW.
Transit Systems has also purchased an additional 19 low-floor air conditioned buses, which enabled the company to provide a fully accessible and air conditioned fleet to passengers in Sydney’s South West.
Transit Systems CEO Clint Feuerherdt added that the company had also successfully transitioned a premium bus service previously operated by the State.
“We transitioned the T80 service between Parramatta and Liverpool, much of which operates on an exclusive bus only roadway and we are thrilled to announce that this service also currently has an On Time Running performance in excess of 97%
“We remain dedicated to improving convenience and comfort for commuters in our contract region and look forward to further enhancing the services we offer to the community.
“We thank the government for giving us the opportunity to bring our extensive worldwide transport experience to the community here and for working with us to ensure a convenient, reliable, safe and smooth journey for commuters,” he said.
Left to right: Graham Leishman (Director Transit Systems); Nasr Kafrouni (Mayor Holroyd City Council); Andrew Rohan (Member for Smithfield); Hon Gladys Berejiklian (Minister for Transport); Clint Feuerherdt (CEO Transit Systems)
The new Smithfield Depot