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New Zealand : GO BUS TRANSPORT endows $13 million for upgrading parts of urban passenger fleet in Christchurch.

Around $13 million is being invested by Go Bus Transport for upgrading parts of its urban passenger fleet in Christchurch, Dunedin and Hawke s Bay.

29 new buses has been licensed by the firm, which is to be constructed by Rolleston-based Designline Bus Pacific.

The new buses would all be on the road by August 2016 and it would bring additional capacity to routes in these major centres around New Zealand.

The initiative of the firm is both a significant boost for its national operations and a "win" for Christchurch manufacturing.

Go Bus Managing Director Calum Haslop says, "For our passengers, the 29 new buses will represent a very modern urban bus experience, with an emphasis on safety, quality, comfort and durability.

"This major investment is part of the company s growth and replacement strategy, which aims to give our passengers the highest standard of bus transport experience by progressively modernising our fleet and retiring buses well before the industry standard. This strategy ensures Go Bus maintains the youngest average age fleet in the country.

"We have a long and proud history partnering with New Zealand bus builders and these new additions to our fleet will feature Euro 5 compliant diesel engines that meet the world s toughest emission standards as well as being economical."

"Our investment in new vehicles will ultimately lead to increases in passenger numbers on our Christchurch, Dunedin and Hawke s Bay bus routes. This is a significant contribution towards our partnership goals with regional councils to help ease congestion in these major cities.

"Of the 29 new buses, seven will be used in Dunedin, five in Hawkes Bay and the remainder in Christchurch and throughout our other operations around the country," says Mr Haslop.

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Date:Nov 3, 2015
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