Go Bus is on a roll in Dunedin having just welcomed the first four of 16 new buses for its urban routes, well-ahead of schedule.

Originally slated for an August delivery from their assemblers Kiwi Bus Builders in Tauranga, the 16 vehicles are now starting to appear on services as part of the company’s new contract with Otago Regional Council.

These newly arrived buses are part of a $7 million investment in Go Bus’ urban fleet for the city; the largest investment in a Dunedin bus fleet since the 1980s.

Go Bus Managing Director Calum Haslop says the investment signifies the company’s commitment to its operations in Dunedin and to providing the best possible service for the city’s passengers.

“This significant investment by Go Bus in brand new buses for Dunedin is a vote of confidence by Otago Regional Council in Go Bus, and by Go Bus in NZ manufacturers,” Mr Haslop says.

“These new buses are well-suited to the task of moving large numbers of people on sometimes challenging streets. Being of Dunedin stock myself, I know how important it is to have strong reliable vehicles to tackle this city’s roads while also providing a comfortable journey for our passengers,” he continues.

The new Volvo B7 vehicles are fitted with Euro 5 290 hp engines with 6 speed automatic ZF Ecolife transmission, offering first class driver and passenger comfort, fuel economy and meet the world’s toughest emissions standards.

The brand-new buses will roll out on routes Waverley to Belleknowes, Kenmure, Rose Creek to Ocean Grove, and St Kilda, Halfway Bush and Brockville over the coming weeks. The remaining 12 buses are scheduled to arrive in Dunedin by May.