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Work to begin on Australia’s largest electric bus depot in Brookvale on the Sydney Northern Beaches

24 May 2024

  • The New South Wales government in partnership with Keolis Downer will start work in the coming months, on what will be Australia’s largest electric bus depot.
  • 100% of the fleet, 229 buses to be fully transitioned to Zero Emission Buses (ZEBs) by the end of 2028.
  • Keolis Downer is proud to work on this project to deliver buses from diesel to fully electric, powered by 100% renewable energy.
  • This will be Keolis Downer’s second bus depot to go fully electric.

The New South Wales (NSW) government, in collaboration with Keolis Downer, has initiated work on what is poised to become Australia’s largest electric bus depot. This groundbreaking project marks a significant step forward in the States commitment to sustainable public transport.

The initiative entails a comprehensive transition of the fleet, with all 229 buses to be fully converted to Zero Emission Buses (ZEBs) by the end of 2028. This ambitious undertaking underscores the NSW government’s dedication to reducing carbon emissions and fostering a cleaner, sustainable future for public transport.

Julien Dehornoy, Keolis Downer CEO said, “We are proud to partner with the NSW Government to deliver the first depot to be fully converted to electric in Brookvale. Electric buses will deliver a more sustainable transport option for the Northern Beaches communities and cements our commitment to support Governments across Australia to accelerate the energy transition with large-scale deployments in public transport.”

The Brookvale electric bus depot represents a milestone in Keolis Downer’s commitment to sustainability. This will mark the company’s second bus depot to transition entirely to electric buses, demonstrating our dedication to the energy transition and innovation in public transport services.

As work commences on this transformative project, stakeholders eagerly anticipate the benefits it will bring to the community, including cleaner air, reduced noise pollution, and enhanced sustainability for generations to come.


About Keolis Downer

Keolis Downer is a leading operator and integrator of public transport in Australia. With over 5,300 employees and a presence in five states, Keolis Downer enables 350 million passenger journeys per year. We operate and maintain the largest tram network in the world in Melbourne (Yarra Trams), the light rail network on the Gold Coast (G:link), Adelaide Metro train services, the integrated transport network with light rail, bus and ferry in Newcastle and more than 1,300 buses in New South Wales, Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland.

Established in 2009, Keolis Downer is a joint venture between Keolis, a leading public transport operator established in 14 countries, and Downer, the leading provider of integrated services in Australia and New Zealand.



Samuel Catling – Group Manager, Communications & Stakeholder Engagement

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