Busabout Wagga Wagga

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Bustech bodied Mercedes-Benz O500LE in October 2009
Parent Joe & Tony Calabro
Founded 1916
Headquarters East Wagga Wagga
Service area Wagga Wagga
Harden
Service type Bus services
Routes 8 town services
48 school bus routes
Destinations Ashmont, Bourkelands, East Wagga Wagga, Estella, Forest Hill, Glenfield Park, Gumly Gumly, Kooringal, Lake Albert, Mount Austin, North Wagga Wagga, Springvale, Tatton, Tolland, Wagga Wagga
Depots East Wagga Wagga
Harden
Fleet 60 (June 2014)
Website www.busaboutwagga.com.au

Busabout Wagga Wagga is an Australian private bus company formed in 1916 as Fearnes Coaches, with depots in Wagga Wagga and Harden, New South Wales.

History[edit]

Fearnes Coaches[edit]

Fearnes Coaches logo
Jakab bodied IBC in Fearnes Coaches livery in December 2008
Austral Pacific Classic III in Fearnes Coaches livery in December 2008

Fearnes Coaches was founded by William Fearne and William Borlase in 1916 as a general carrier and charter bus operator, however Borlase pulled out of the partnership in the early 1920s.[1] By 1929, William Fearne had started the first route and timetable in Wagga Wagga between the suburb of Turvey Park and Docker Street which was later extended to North Wagga Wagga.[1]

In 1936 William Fearne's son Clive bought the company and ran it until his death in 1989. The business then passed to Clive's son Garry, who died in 1996, leaving the business to his widow Audrey, who ran it until deciding to retire and sell the business in December 2008.[1][2]

In 1988, an express service to Sydney was introduced followed by a service to Melbourne in 1998.[3] In June 1990, Fearnes began coach services from Cootamundra to Tumbarumba and from Wagga Wagga to Griffith under a contract with CountryLink.[4] These were retained when re-tendered from December 1992.[5]

Sale to Busabout[edit]

On 5 December 2008 Sydney bus company Busabout purchased Fearnes Coaches, a company locally owned for over 92 years by the Fearne family. The company was purchased for an undisclosed amount and was rebranded as Busabout Wagga Wagga in 2009.[2] In February 2009, the coach services to Canberra and Sydney were discontinued.[6]

In November 2013 Busabout commenced operating the services previously provided by Charles Sturt University.[7][8]

Routes[edit]

As at December 2013 eight route services were operated in Wagga Wagga.[9]

Route From To Via
960 Wagga Wagga Lake Albert Kooringal & Tatton
961 Wagga Wagga Bourkelands Mount Austin
962 Wagga Wagga Glenfield Park Ashmont
963 Wagga Wagga Glenfield Park Turvey Park & Tolland
964 Wagga Wagga Estella North Wagga
965 Wagga Wagga Forest Hill East Wagga Wagga
966 Wagga Wagga Charles Sturt University North Wagga Wagga
967 Wagga Wagga Charles Sturt University Colin Knott Drive

Fleet[edit]

As of June 2014 Busabout operated 60 buses and coaches.[10] Since taking over in December 2008, the Calabros have replaced over half of the fleet with a combination of buses transferred from their Busabout and Hawkesbury Valley Buses operations, second-hand purchases, most notably Volvo B10Ms from Reservoir Bus Company, and some new Bustech bodied Volvo B7Rs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Fearnes Buses". Junior Advertiser. Wagga Wagga City Council. 2007-03-28. Retrieved 2008-05-04. 
  2. ^ a b "Fearnes is sold to Sydney firm". Fairfax Media. The Daily Advertiser. 2008-12-06. Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  3. ^ "Fearne's Coaches" Australian Bus Panorama 14/4 February 1999 page 29
  4. ^ "Countrylink Contracts" Australian Bus Panorama 6/3 October 1990 page 26
  5. ^ "New South Wales Rural Coach Services" Australian Bus Panorama 8/6 February 1993 page 31
  6. ^ "Coach services face axe". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 28 January 2009. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  7. ^ Expanded bus service to CSU Charles Sturt University 24 October 2013
  8. ^ University revamps bus service The Daily Advertiser 25 October 2013
  9. ^ Timetables Busabout Wagga
  10. ^ Busabout - Wagga and Harden Australian Bus Fleet Lists

External links[edit]

Media related to Busabout Wagga Wagga at Wikimedia Commons