Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has today delivered two major public transport milestones for Brisbane, as he welcomed Council’s promised 500th bus in four years and simultaneously opened the Sherwood bus depot.
The Lord Mayor said reaching both goals was a further part of his commitment to providing the public transport infrastructure needed to keep Brisbane running.
“I’m ensuring Brisbane residents are supported by a first class public transport network and vital infrastructure projects like these are just another way we’re delivering on that promise,” Cr Quirk said.
“The delivery of the 500th bus fulfils this administration’s commitment to put an additional 500 buses on Brisbane roads over four years to support the city’s growth; making it more accessible and connected.
“With 500 new buses now on the road we’re saving more than 52,000 tonnes of carbon emissions per year and reducing car trips by 27 million."
Cr Quirk said Council’s buses were now so popular they consistently carried more passengers than the entire southeast Queensland rail network – and the opening of Sherwood’s new world class bus depot would give the fleet a new westside home.
He said the depot would provide bus parking, maintenance and refuelling facilities for Council buses.
“The Sherwood bus depot is designed and constructed to the highest environmental standards and is the first industrial building in Australia to achieve a five star green design rating,” Cr Quirk said.
“It’s completely constructed from sustainable resources including recycled materials and also features a fully integrated water system that can reduce the depot’s mains water usage by 80 per cent.”
The Lord Mayor said the water savings would equal $22,000 per year for ratepayers, with its use of recycled and harvested rainwater.
The depot also features outdoor recreation areas, BBQ facilities and an indoor gym to cater for bus operators, administration and maintenance staff on site.
“Our bus operators work in shifts and often these are split shifts, so it is essential they have a comfortable workplace offering a range of recreational options to help them unwind and keep fit and healthy.”
Since 2009 Council has delivered a state-of-the-art bus depot at Willawong and now Sherwood to support the growth in services, with another depot at Eagle Farm currently underway.