Buses in Sydney

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Buses in Sydney
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Route 333 at Circular Quay in the new Transport for NSW livery
Locale Sydney
Transit type Bus network
Daily ridership 921 000 per day
Website transportnsw.info
Operator(s) Transport for New South Wales
Distribution map showing the percentage of the employed population who travel to work by bus only, according to the Australian census 2011.

Buses are a major part of public transport in the city of Sydney, Australia. Services are operated by both a large government operator, the State Transit Authority of New South Wales (STA), and numerous smaller private operators. The STA generally operates services in Sydney's east, north, inner west and inner southern suburbs, a legacy of the former tram network, most of which were replaced by the current bus network in the late 1950s. The western suburbs and most of the southern suburbs are served by smaller private operators in contract areas.

List of current bus operators in Sydney[edit]

Double-decker buses were a common sight in previous decades and have recently returned to Sydney
Operates bus services out of a depot in Hoxton Park in the Liverpool area, many of which act as feeder services to Sydney Trains.
Operates buses in the Blacktown, Mount Druitt, Penrith, Windsor, St Marys, Richmond, Rouse Hill, and Campbelltown areas.[1]
Operate from depots at Blacktown, Campbelltown and Camden.
Operates services on the North-west T-way.
Operates Hillsbus from depots at Dural, Northmead and Seven Hills and runs services in the Baulkham Hills, Rouse Hill and Blacktown areas.
Operates services on the North-west T-way.
Operate bus services in Sydney's northern suburbs.
Operates buses out of a depot in Macquarie Fields in the Campbelltown area.
Operate buses in the south and inner south western suburbs, from a depot at Riverwood.
Government operator
Operates services in inner Sydney
Originally known as the Menai Bus Service, later Deanes, then Southtrans, Connex Southtrans and Veolia Transport NSW (southern Sydney), Transdev Shorelink (northern Sydney). Operates services in Sydney's southern suburbs and the North Shore.
Operates bus services in Western Sydney (Region 3) and Liverpool-Parramatta T-way.[2]

List of defunct bus operators in Sydney[edit]

In the past, many of Sydney's bus services were operated by small companies, particularly in the middle and outer suburbs. Some of these companies only operated one or two routes. Most operated before the current revised route numbers and contract areas were introduced.

  • Allways
Closed in 1992
  • Bankstown–Eldridge Rd Bus Service
Operated route 20 from Bankstown Station to Eldridge Road (Bankstown Hospital). Sold to Bass Hill Bus Service in 1977.
  • Bankstown Strathfield Bus Service
Operated routes 484–86 until taken over by Transit First in 2003
  • Barklimore Bros
Operated routes in Merrylands until taken over by Baxters in 1981. Routes taken over by Transit First in 2005.
Trading name of Holroyd Bus Lines Pty Ltd; operated bus services in the western suburbs. Sold to Westbus in 2006.[3] Baxter's remains a tour and charter company only.
  • Belmore Lakemba Bus Company
Operated route 35 Belmore Lakemba via Roselands and route 92 Bardwell Park to Roselands 1966 to early 80s their Depot was behind BP service station on Kingsgrove Road at Kingsgrove next to old gas tank (now removed). Believed to have been sold to Pleasure Tours in the early 80s
  • Brighton Bus Lines
Operated route 196 in the Brighton and Kyeemagh areas until 1993 when the route was bought by State Transit, becoming the 479.[4] The company carried an orange livery with a blue stripe.
  • Bustrans
Operated Routes 817 and 818 in the Fairfield area. It was taken over by Baxters Holroyd Bus Lines in 2004.
  • Canterbury Bus Lines
Operated routes 450 and 451 until routes taken over by Punchbowl Bus Company in 1998
Operated bus services in Sydney's south. Sold to Veolia Transport NSW in October 2011.
  • Carss Park Charter Tours and Buslines
Routes taken over by Southtrans
  • Connex Southtrans
Operated bus services in Sydney's south. Rebranded as Veolia Transport NSW in April 2006.[5]
Operated bus services in and around Miranda, Cronulla and Kurnell until taken over by Veolia in 2009. Remains a coach charter company.
  • Deanes
Became Southtrans, until taken over by Connex in the late 1990s. Now operates as Transdev NSW
  • Foley's Bus Service
  • GP Bus Company
Later became Punchbowl Bus Company
  • Harbour City Coaches
Operated lower North Shore services from 1987 until sold to North and Western in 1989
Most of the bus fleet was sold to Westbus in the late 2000s. The Harris Park depot turned into brownfield land, while the North Rocks depot still has a handful of buses and guard dogs, but is no longer in operation.
  • Hawkesbury Valley Coaches
  • Higlett's Coaches
Acquired by Busways in 1986
  • Holsworthy Bus Company
Operated between Holsworthy and Liverpool until 1982.
Operated services in the Parramatta and Merrylands area
  • Jannali Como Bus Service
Operated route 238 sold 1977 to Southwestern buslines operated services from Jannali to Como and Oyster Bay. Limited services to Sutherland
Owned and operated Jannali Scenic Tours and Opal Field Scenic Tours
  • Katen & Heath
Founded 1956, became Bustrans in 1996.
  • Kingsgrove Bus and Coach Company
Now operates as a charter company only
  • Kogarah–Carss Park Bus Service
  • Lane Cove Bus Service
Bought bus services in the Lane Cove area from Deanes in the early 1980s until 1987.
  • Liverpool Transport Company
  • Longueville Bus Company
Operated services in the Lane Cove/Longueville area until the early 1950s when taken over by Deanes Coaches.
Operated routes, mainly out of Bankstown, until 1978
Operates feeder buses in Sydney's south west to Liverpool Station
  • Midshore Busways
Routes taken over by Shorelink
  • Milperra Bus Service
Operated routes around Bankstown until 1987, taken over by Transit First.
  • Moore's Tours
Operated route 954 from a depot in Blakehurst until 2004 when route taken over by Punchbowl Bus Company. Continues as a charter operator only.
  • Narwee Bus Service
Taken over by Punchbowl Bus Company in the late 1950s
  • Neville's Bus service
Now part of Busabout.
  • North & Western Bus Lines
Sold to Sydney Buses in 1999.
  • Oatley Bus Service
  • Parramatta Ryde Bus Service
Operated services in the Parramatta area until it was sold to State Transit in 2000.[6]
Operated three routes (32, 88, 108) in southern Sydney until 1989 when its routes were taken over by the Punchbowl Bus Company. The buses carried a black and white livery.
Operated what is now route 452 between Rockdale and Beverly Hills, as the 112. The company carried a red and blue livery.
  • Pleasure Tours
Operated routes 446 and 447 until 2005 when routes taken over by Punchbowl Bus Company.
  • Red Top Bus Company
Routes 34 and 39 Strathfield Hurstville via Roselands and Campsie Hurstville via Roselands
  • Revesby Bus and Coach Service
Routes taken over by Crossley Bus Lines
  • Richmond Coaches
Routes absorbed by Westbus
  • Riverside
Sold to State Transit in 2000.
  • Rowe's Bus Service
Relaunched as Busways in 1988
Operated services from Central Railway to Maroubra Junction and Brighton-Le-Sands in the 1920s and 1930s.
  • Southtrans
Taken over by Connex in the late 1990s. Now operates as Transdev NSW.
  • St Ives Bus Service
Operated until 1998 when its operations were split between Forest Coach Lines and Shorelink (now Transdev NSW).[7]
  • Sydney Coachlines
Routes taken over by Pioneer and Sydney Buses
Operated services in South West Sydney, operations bought by Veolia Transport.
  • Veolia Transport NSW
Operated bus services in Sydney's south. Rebranded as Transdev NSW in July 2013.
  • Westbus
Was subsidiary of ComfortDelGro Cabcharge. Operated services in Western Sydney in region 1 until the 6th of October 2013 and region 3 until the 13th of October 2013.[1] Westbus was replaced by Busways in region 1 and Transit Systems Sydney, a subsidiary of Transit Systems, in region 3.
  • West Bankstown Bus Service
Operated routes 935, 936 and 937 until 2003, routes taken over by Transit First
  • Western Road Bus Service
Operated in Wentworthville until 1987, taken over by Baxters
  • Westway Bus and Coach Service
Relaunched as Transit First in 2003
  • Windsor Towns

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.westbus.com.au/WestBus-Home.html
  2. ^ http://www.transitsystems.com.au/articles/204-transit-systems-awarded-sydney-buses-contract
  3. ^ "cdc Baxters Announcement". ComfortDelGro. Retrieved 12 April 2004. 
  4. ^ "NSW Legislative Assembly Hansard". NSW Legislative Assembly Hansard. Retrieved 2 October 2006. 
  5. ^ "About Connex". Connex NSW. Retrieved 23 March 2006. 
  6. ^ "Parramatta Ryde Bus Services". Bus Australia. Retrieved 25 August 2006. [dead link]
  7. ^ "St Ives bus Lines". Bus Australia. Retrieved 25 August 2006. [dead link]

External links[edit]

Bus & Coach Directories in Sydney[edit]