New bus depot for Sunshine West

Works have begun on a new, purpose-built bus depot at Sunshine West, which will create at least 150 local jobs.

The Vella Drive depot, which will service seven bus routes – numbers 215, 216, 219, 220, 223, 232 and 903 – will replace the ageing Footscray depot, and will be opened in September.

Located in the Sunshine West industrial precinct, the new depot will initially be home to 150 staff and 70 buses, but with the capacity to add another 30 buses in the future. Public Transport Victoria’s operations and performance head Warwick Horsley said the new depot would be the most advanced in Melbourne.

“The new depot will have the best available facilities to support the efficient operation of the bus network, including an automated bus wash, modern, safe, fuelling facilities and improved driver amenities with recreational areas and staff parking,” Mr Horsley said

“In addition to improving bus services across seven routes, design and construction of the new facility will provide employment opportunities for Victorian companies and their staff.”

The new Sunshine centre will be one of three depots to be built this year, part of a $40 million state government public transport upgrade program.

Brimbank council administrator John Tanner said the new depot would play a pivotal role in future growth of the west.

“The new TransDev depot brings employment opportunities, and highlights Brimbank’s growing reputation as truly connected city with excellent transport networks,” Mr Watson said.

For progress reports on the new depot, visit