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Zero-emission buses to hit the roads in QLD

Queensland is planning to make public transport greener by procuring over 400 locally manufactured zero-emission buses.

Premier Steven Miles announced the initiative in a statement, emphasising its role in reducing CO2 emissions.

“My government is steadfast in its commitment to invest in Queensland’s industries and create more jobs. And, in reaching our emissions reductions targets currently before the Parliament,” Miles said.

“With this plan, it is expected more than 400 new buses will be delivered, good jobs in local bus manufacturing will be supported and Queensland streets will be cleaner and quieter.”

“It’s my expectation that this project will deliver best value for money for Queenslanders now, and in the lead up to 2032.”

Bart Mellish, Minister for Transport Minister said the state needed a model for the transition to zero-emission buses that supports the current bus manufacturing workforce, and its transition to zero-emissions technologies.

The plan involves replacing aging diesel buses with state-of-the-art zero-emission models, marking a significant step toward sustainability.

According to the government, it is committed to supporting local manufacturing, with the expectation that more than 400 buses will be produced through a competitive procurement process.

This move is part of the state’s broader Zero Emission Bus Program, reinforcing the commitment that all new buses procured from 2025 for the Translink network will be zero-emission vehicles.

In addition to manufacturing, the plan includes the construction of new zero-emission depots and transitioning existing depots to cleaner alternatives.

The Queensland Government-owned investment corporation QIC may be involved in a potential public-private partnership to secure additional benefits from the project.

The project is expected to enhance public transport capabilities, contributing to the preparations for the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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