CDC Geelong

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Volgren bodied Mercedes-Benz O405 in September 2010
Parent CDC Victoria
Service area Geelong
Service type Bus operator
Fleet 89 (November 2013)
Website www.cdcvictoria.com.au/geelong

CDC Geelong, formerly known as Benders Busways, is an Australian bus company in Geelong operating routes under the Geelong Transit System umbrella, as well as charter work. It is a subsidiary of ComfortDelGro Cabcharge.

History[edit]

Volgren bodied Volvo B10BLE in February 2007

Benders Busways was formed by Ernest and Aimee Bender in 1926. The first route ran from Geelong to Chilwell, and in 1931 a second route commenced from the Geelong Post Office to the corner of Minerva Road and Aberdeen Street in Geelong West.

The closure of the Geelong tram system in 1956 saw Benders win the contract to serve the tram routes with buses. Eighteen new buses were purchased to run the increased number of services.

In 1987 Benders purchased IJ Cook & Son. In June 2000 the Bender family sold out to the Kefford Corporation.[1] In February 2009 Benders was included in the sale of the Kefford Corporation to ComfortDelGro Cabcharge.[2] On the 14 July 2014, Benders Busways was rebranded to CDC Geelong.[3] Older buses still have the Benders Busways logo.

Livery[edit]

Volgren bodied Scania K230UB in October 2010

When the Geelong Transit System was first introduced in 1983,[4] buses operated by Benders on route services were painted in the blue stripe and white Geelong Transit System (GTS) livery. However the contact with the state government requiring Benders to use the GTS livery on its urban route buses expired in 2000, and under the subsequent contract the company's buses have all reverted to Benders' former white and green livery.

Routes[edit]

Route Route Details
10 Geelong City to Rosewall
11 Geelong City to Corio via North Shore
12 Geelong City to Lara
14 Geelong City to Deakin University via Waurn Ponds
15 Geelong City to Waurn Ponds via Belmont
16 Geelong City to Deakin University via Highton
17 Geelong City to Waurn Ponds via Belmont East
18 Geelong City to Deakin University (express route)
30 Geelong City to Corio via Thompsons Road
34 Geelong City to Buckley Falls
35 Geelong City to Newtown via Pakington (circular clockwise route)
36 Geelong City to Newtown via Aberdeen (circular anti-clockwise route)
50 Geelong City to Hamlyn Heights via Herne Hill and McCurdy Road
51 Geelong City to Hamlyn Heights via Herne Hill and Minerva Road
55 Geelong City to Newcomb

Fleet[edit]

As at November 2013 the fleet consisted of 89 buses and coaches.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Geelong Info - Benders Busways". Retrieved 2007-07-26. 
  2. ^ "Kefford Group sold". Retrieved 2009-05-02. [dead link]
  3. ^ A brand new look for CDC Victoria
  4. ^ "PTUA press release: Bring Back the Booklet". Retrieved 2007-07-26. 
  5. ^ CDC Group - Benders Australian Bus Fleet Lists

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