Busways (New South Wales)

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Busways (mo 9707) Bustech 'VST' bodied MAN 18-310 HOCL-R-NL at Castle Hill Interchange (1).jpg
Bustech bodied MAN 18.310 in Castle Hill
in July 2013
Parent Rowe family
Commenced operation 1942
Headquarters Pymble
Service area Western Sydney
Central Coast
Great Lakes
Mid North Coast
Service type Bus services
Depots 16
Fleet 781 (July 2014)
Website www.busways.com.au

Busways is an Australian bus company operating services in Western Sydney, and in the Central Coast, Great Lakes and Mid North Coast regions of New South Wales.

History[edit]

Custom Coaches bodied Scania K230UB at Castle Hill in July 2013

The origins of Busways can be traced to 1942 when Dick Rowe commenced a hire car service from Rooty Hill to Plumpton. In 1946 Rowe purchased his first bus and further expansion saw a depot established in Plumpton in 1958.[1][2]

In 1958, in partnership with Fred Bowman, Rowe purchased Parramatta-Villawood Bus Service followed by Campbelltown Transit on 13 May 1967 in partnership with Roger Graham and Jim Newport. In 1970, Rowe had taken full ownership of Campbelltown Transit and in January 1978 sold out of Parramatta-Villawood.[1][2][3][4]

In 1984 Riverstone Bus Service was purchased and merged with Rowe's Bus Service. In June 1986 Higlett's Motor Coach Services, Camden was purchased and rebranded Macarthur Coaches.[1][2][3][5]

In 1988, Campbelltown Transit, Macarthur Coaches and Rowe's Bus Service were all rebranded as Busways.[6] In February 1990 the Seargent's, Charmhaven business on the Central Coast was purchased[7] followed in July 1994 by the neighbouring Peninsula Bus Lines business in Kincumber, Ourimbah and Umina.[1][8]

In June 1991 the Campbelltown to Wollongong service of Farmborough Coaches was acquired.[2] In November 1992 Busways took over operation of the routes of Leslies, Arndell Park following its collapse before purchasing them in May 1993.[2][9]

In September 2003, Busways purchased the Great Lakes and Mid North Coast services of King Brothers from its administrator.[10] In January 2008 the school services of Yarramalong Bus Lines, Wyong were purchased[11] followed by those of Kulnura Bus Lines in July 2009.[12]

When the Parramatta - Rouse Hill section of the North-West T-way opened on 10 March 2007, bus routes 730 (renumbered T63) and 735 (renumbered 616, now 616X) were transferred from Busways to Hillsbus while bus route 718 was transferred from Hillsbus to Busways.[13]

In October 2013 Busways after winning the tender for Sydney Bus Region 1, took over the operation of services in the St Marys, Penrith, Windsor and Richmond areas from Hawkesbury Valley Buses and Westbus (ComfortDelGro Cabcharge).[14][15] On 1 June 2014 operation of the Sydney Bus Region 15 passed to Busabout.[3][16][17]

In 2014 Busways is bidding for a contract with the LTA to service the communities of western Singapore under the new Government Contracting Model introduced by the Land Transport Authority.[18][19]

Current operations[edit]

Western Sydney services[edit]

Since 2005 Busways' services in the Blacktown area have formed part of Sydney Bus Region 1, held in partnership with Westbus and Hawkesbury Valley Buses. Operating from a depot in Glendenning, scheduled route and school services cover an area encompassed by Seven Hills and Castle Hill in the east; Rouse Hill and Riverstone in the north; Shalvey and St Marys in the west; Minchinbury and Prospect to the south.

The regional centres of Blacktown and Mount Druitt are a focus for all services, with trips also serving the employment centres of Eastern Creek, Huntingwood and Macquarie Park. Bus/train connections are provided at a variety of railway stations. Busways also operates services along the T-way between Blacktown and Rouse Hill, as well as the Blacktown CBD free shuttle.

The combined Sydney Bus Region 1 services from October 2013 where they now operate all routes are known as Western Sydney services.[14][15]

Route Start Via End Service type/Comments
661 Windsor via McGraths Hill
Vineyard
Riverstone Monday-Saturday service
662 Riverstone via Cattai Ridge Road Maraylya Monday–Friday single service
663 Windsor via McGraths Hill
Pitt Town
Oakville
Wisemans Ferry Monday-Friday service
664 Windsor via Cattai Ridge Road Maraylya Monday–Friday single service
668 Windsor via Wilberforce
Glossodia
North Richmond
Richmond Daily daytime service
Limited service Saturday and Sunday
669 Windsor via Sackville Road Sackville Weekday (School Days) Single Service
673 Windsor via Bligh Park
Llandilo
Cranebrook
Penrith Daily daytime service
Limited service Saturday
674 Windsor via Bligh Park
Shanes Park
Whalan
Mount Druitt Daily service
Limited service Saturday
675 Windsor via Richmond RAAF Base Windsor Loop service
Daily daytime service
676 Windsor via George Street South Windsor Daily daytime service
Limited service Saturday
677 Richmond via Londonderry
The Northern Road
Penrith Loop service
Daily daytime service
678 Richmond via Agnes Banks
Castlereagh
Cranebrook
Penrith Daily service
Limited service Saturday
680 Richmond via Bells Line Of Road Kurrajong
Bowen Mountain
Daily service
Limited service Saturday and Sunday
682 Richmond via North Richmond
Kurmond
Berambing Monday–Friday single service
S7 Parklea Garden Village
Sydney Gateway Holiday Park
Blacktown Shopper Hopper Service
Monday–Friday limited off-peak service
S11 St Marys via Oxley Park St Clair Shopping Centre Shopper Hopper Service
Monday–Friday limited off-peak service
S12 Quakers Court via Marayong Station Quakers Court Shopper Hopper Service
Monday–Friday limited off-peak service
S13 Penrith via Mountainview Retirement Village Penrith Shopper Hopper Service
Monday–Friday limited off-peak service
T70 Blacktown via Glenwood
Bella Vista
Castle Hill Daily full-time service
T-way service, some trips terminate at Bella Vista
T71 Blacktown via Kellyville
Stanhope Gardens
Rouse Hill Town Centre
Castle Hill Daily full-time service
T-way service, some trips terminate at Rouse Hill Town Centre
T72 Blacktown via Pye Road Quakers Hill Daily full-time service
T-way service
T74 Blacktown via T-Way
The Ponds
Riverstone Daily full-time service
T-way service
T75 Blacktown via Parklea Riverstone
Rouse Hill Town Centre
Daily full-time service
T-way service, some trips terminate at Rouse Hill Town Centre
718 Seven Hills via Seven Hills Road Kings Langley Monday–Saturday daytime service
721 Blacktown via Blacktown Hospital Blacktown Loop service
Daily daytime service
722 Blacktown via Prospect Blacktown Loop service
Daily full-time service
724 Blacktown via Arndell Park Blacktown Loop service
Daily full-time service
724 Blacktown via Huntingwood Blacktown Loop service
Weekday peak service
725 Blacktown via Douglas Road Blacktown Loop service
Daily full-time service
726 Blacktown via Monash Road Doonside Station Daily daytime service
Limited service Sunday
727 Blacktown via Tallawong Avenue Blacktown Loop service
Daily daytime service
Limited service Saturday and Sunday
737 Mount Druitt via Rooty Hill Eastern Creek Loop Service
Monday–Saturday daytime service
Combined with 739 at nights and on Sundays
738 Mount Druitt via Rooty Hill Eastern Creek Limited weekday service
739 Mount Druitt via Minchinbury Mount Druitt Loop Service
Monday–Saturday daytime service
Combined with 737 at nights and on Sundays
740 Plumpton via Quakers Hill Macquarie Park Monday–Friday peak hour service
743 Blacktown via Lalor Park
Kings Park
Kings Langley Daily full-time service
745 St Marys via Plumpton
Quakers Hill
Bella Vista
Castle Hill Monday–Saturday service
746 Riverstone via Box Hill Riverstone Loop Service
Monday–Friday limited service
750 Mount Druitt via Richmond Road
Carlisle Avenue
Blacktown Daily full-time service
751 Blacktown via Richmond Road Colebee Weekday peak service
752 Blacktown via Quakers Hill Rouse Hill Town Centre Daily full-time service
753 Doonside via Tallagandra Drive Blacktown Daily full-time service
754 Mount Druitt via Dean Park
Hassall Grove
Blacktown Daily full-time service
755 Mount Druitt via Whalan
Shalvey
Plumpton Daily full-time service
756 Mount Druitt via Rooty Hill
Woodcroft
Blacktown Daily full-time service
757 Mount Druitt via Rooty Hill
Plumpton
Riverstone Daily limited service
758 Mount Druitt via Emerton
Shalvey
Tregear
St Marys Daily full-time service
759 Mount Druitt via Emerton
Willmot
Ropes Crossing
St Marys Daily full-time service
761 Mount Druitt via Carlisle Avenue Bidwill Monday–Saturday full-time service
770 Mount Druitt via Colyton
St Marys
Claremont Meadows
Penrith Daily full-time service
771 Mount Druitt via Colyton St Marys Daily full-time service
774 Mount Druitt via Oxley Park
St Marys
UWS Kingswood
Penrith Daily full-time service
775 Mount Druitt via Erskine Park
St Marys
UWS Kingswood
Penrith Daily full-time service
776 Mount Druitt via St Clair
St Marys
UWS Kingswood
Penrith Daily full-time service
778 St Marys via Claremont Meadows Caddens Road East Monday–Saturday service
779 St Marys via Mamre Road Erskine Park Industrial Estate Weekday peak service
780 Mount Druitt via Tregear
Ropes Crossing
Cambridge Park
Penrith Daily full-time service
781 St Marys via Orchard Hills
Glenmore Park
Penrith Monday-Friday limited service
782 St Marys via Werrington County
Cambridge Gardens
Penrith Daily full-time service
783 Penrith via Waterside
Cranebrook
Jordan Springs Daily full-time service
784 Penrith via Castlereagh Road Cranebrook Monday–Friday peak hour service
785 Penrith via Cambridge Park Werrington Daily full-time service
786 Penrith via Greygums Road Cranebrook Daily full-time service
789 Penrith via Orchard Hills
The Northern Road
Luddenham Monday-Friday limited service
791 Penrith via South Penrith Jamisontown Daily full-time service
793 Penrith via Smith Street South Penrith Loop Service
Monday–Saturday full-time service
794 Penrith via South Penrith Glenmore Park Daily full-time service
795 Penrith via Mulgoa
Wallacia
Silverdale
Warragamba Daily service
Limited service Saturday and Sunday
797 Penrith via Regentville and The Lakes Drive Glenmore Park Daily full-time service
799 Penrith via Glenmore Parkway and Ridgetop Drive Glenmore Park Daily full-time service

Central Coast services[edit]

The Gosford and Wyong areas have services provided under the Outer Metropolitan Bus System Contract Region 6. This contract, between the NSW Government and Busways (with Coastal Liner as a sub-contractor), covers a broad area that stretches from Patonga and Wagstaffe in the south through to Swansea and Morisset in the north; and Dooralong and Mangrove Mountain in the west to Terrigal and MacMasters Beach in the east.

With depots at Kincumber and Woongarrah, the key centres served by Busways routes include Gosford, Tuggerah, Wyong, Lake Haven, Erina Fair and Woy Woy. Occasional trips also serve Charlestown in the north and Spencer in the west.

Route Start Via End Service type/Comments
32 Gosford via Mangrove Mountain and Somersby Spencer Monday–Saturday limited service
33 Gosford via West Gosford Somersby Monday–Saturday limited service
34 Gosford via Kariong Gosford Loop service
Daily full-time service
36 Gosford via Narara, Niagara Park and Ourimbah Westfield Tuggerah Daily full-time service
37 Gosford via Wyoming, Lisarow and Ourimbah University Westfield Tuggerah Daily full-time service
38 Gosford via Wyoming Gosford Daily full-time service
50 Woy Woy via Ocean Beach Road Umina Beach Daily full-time service
53 Woy Woy via Springwood Street and Ettalong Beach Booker Bay Daily full-time service
54 Woy Woy via Trafalgar Avenue and Umina Beach Castle Circuit Monday–Friday limited service
54 Woy Woy via Trafalgar Avenue and Patonga Pearl Beach Monday – Sunday limited service
55 Gosford via Brisbane Water Drive, Woy Woy and Ocean Beach Road Ettalong Beach Daily full-time service
57 Woy Woy via Umina Beach West Castle Circuit Daily full-time service
58 Woy Woy via Phegans Bay and Woy Woy Bay Woy Woy Monday–Saturday limited service
59 Woy Woy via Green Point and Ettalong Beach Wagstaffe Monday–Saturday limited service
63 Gosford via Woodport Saratoga, Davistown Daily full-time service
64 Gosford via Kincumber, Empire Bay and Booker Bay Woy Woy Monday–Saturday full-time service
Limited service Sunday
65 Gosford via Kincumber
MacMasters Beach
Wagstaffe Monday–Saturday limited service
66A Gosford via Copacabana Avoca Beach Anti-clockwise loop service
Daily full-time service
66C Gosford via Avoca Beach Copacabana Clockwise loop service
Daily full-time service
67 Gosford via Erina Fair
Terrigal
North Avoca Daily full-time service
68 Gosford via Erina Fair
Terrigal
Wamberal Daily full-time service
70 Gosford Hospital via Gosford, Glenrock Parade, Woy Woy
and Springwood Street
Ettalong Daily full-time service
78 Westfield Tuggerah via Wyong, Wadalba and Warnervale Lake Haven Daily full-time service
79 Westfield Tuggerah via Wyong, Watanobbi, Wadalba
Hamlyn Terrace and Woongarrah
Lake Haven Daily full-time service
80 Westfield Tuggerah via Wyong, Wadalba, Wyong Hospital
and Walker Avenue, Kanwal
Lake Haven Daily full-time service
81 Westfield Tuggerah via Wyong, Wadalba and Kanwal Lake Haven Daily full-time service
82 Westfield Tuggerah via Wyong, Tuggerawong, Wyongah
Wyong Hospital and Gorokan Drive, Lake Haven
Lake Haven Daily full-time service
90 Lake Haven via Toukley, Budgewoi and San Remo Lake Haven Anti-clockwise loop service
Daily full-time service
91 Lake Haven via Toukley, Norah Head and Noraville Lake Haven Loop service
Daily full-time service
92 Lake Haven via San Remo, Budgewoi and Toukley Lake Haven Clockwise loop service
Daily full-time service
93 Westfield Tuggerah via Wyong and Toukley Noraville Monday–Friday limited service
94 Westfield Tuggerah via Wyong and San Remo Budgewoi Monday–Friday limited service
95 Lake Haven via Gwandalan, Chain Valley Bay and Mannering Park Morisset Monday–Friday limited service
95X Lake Haven via Gwandalan Wyee Monday–Friday limited service
96 Budgewoi via Blue Haven Wyee Monday–Friday limited service
97 Lake Haven via Mannering Park and Wyee Lake Haven Loop service
Monday–Friday daily service
Saturday – Sunday limited service
98 Lake Haven via Blue Haven Chain Valley Bay Daily full-time service
99 Lake Haven via Blue Haven, Gwandalan and Catherine Hill Bay Swansea
Charlestown
Daily limited service

North Coast services[edit]

In September 2003, Busways purchased the services of King Brothers on the NSW North Coast from its administrator.[10] Busways provides services throughout Grafton, Kempsey, Wauchope, Laurieton, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Yamba, Bulahdelah, Heatherbrae, Macksville and Raleigh.

Busways Coffs Route Destinations
356 Macksville to Scotts Head
357 Macksville to Bowraville
358 Macksville to Bellingen
359 Urunga to Bonville
360M Macksville to Park Beach Plaza, Coffs Harbour via CBD
360 Coffs Hospital to Park Beach Plaza via CBD
361 Bellingen to Park Beach Plaza via CBD
365 CBD to Park Beach Plaza via the Jetty
366 CBD to Park Beach Plaza via Frances street
367 CBD to Park Beach Plaza Via West Coffs
368 CBD to Park Beach Plaza via Pearce Drive

Former operations[edit]

Macarthur services[edit]

From 2005 Busways' services in the Macarthur Region formed Sydney Bus Region 15. Operating from depots at Campbelltown and Smeaton Grange, route and school services operated as far east as Kentlyn and Wedderburn; south to Appin and Wollongong; west to The Oaks and Warragamba; and north to Catherine Field and Raby.

Regional and district centres such as Campbelltown, Macarthur Square, Narellan and Camden were the focus of all routes. In addition, Busways also operated the free Macarthur CBD shuttle which was terminated in August 2014. On 1 June 2014 these services were passed to Busabout.[16][17]

Route Start Via End Service type/Comments
31 Camden Cut Hill Road, Cobbitty Loop service
Monday–Friday, Public School Days only, limited service
32 Camden via Theresa Park
Orangeville
Werombi
Warragamba Monday–Saturday daytime service
Limited service Saturday
38 Camden Spring Creek Loop service
Monday–Friday, Public School Days only, limited service
39 Camden via Rockbarton Mowbray Park Loop service
Monday–Friday, Public School Days only, limited service
40 Camden via Mount Hunter
The Oaks
Oakdale
Belimbla Park Monday–Saturday daytime service
Limited service Saturday
47 Camden via Cawdor Menangle Monday–Friday limited service
49 Camden via Cawdor Razorback Monday–Friday limited service
878 Campbelltown via Campbelltown and Raby Roads Eschol Park
Kearns
Monday–Saturday daytime service
879 Campbelltown via Woodbine
Blair Athol
Leumeah Daily full-time service
880 Campbelltown via Claymore
Eagle Vale
Kearns
Minto Daily full-time service
881 Campbelltown via Leumeah Leumeah North Loop service
Daily full-time service
Operates with extensions to/from Campebelltown during shopping hours
otherwise operates to/from Leumeah Station.
882 Campbelltown via Leumeah South Campbelltown Loop service
Daily full-time service
883 Campbelltown via Ruse Campbelltown Loop service
Daily full-time service
883K Campbelltown via Ruse and Georges River Road Kentlyn Daily daytime service
Limited service Saturday and Sunday
884 Campbelltown via Airds Campbelltown Loop service
Daily full-time service
884W Campbelltown via Airds Wedderburn Monday–Friday limited service
885 Campbelltown via Bradbury Campbelltown Loop service
Daily full-time service
886 Campbelltown via Ambarvale Campbelltown Loop service
Daily full-time service
887 Campbelltown via Rosemeadow
Ambarvale
Appin
Bulli Pass
Wollongong Daily limited service
887X Campbelltown via Rosemeadow
Ambarvale
Appin
Mount Ousley Road
Wollongong Weekday limited service
888 Campbelltown via St Helens Park Campbelltown Loop service
Daily full-time service
889 Campbelltown via Menangle Park Menangle Monday–Saturday limited service
890 Campbelltown via Narellan Town Centre Camden or Harrington Park Daily full-time service
891 Campbelltown via Currans Hill Mount Annan South Daily full-time service
892 Campbelltown via Mount Annan Narellan Vale Daily full-time service
893 Narellan via Spring Farm Camden Daily full-time service
894 Campbelltown via Camden
Narellan
Bridgewater Estate Monday–Friday full-time service
895 Campbelltown via Camden
Elderslie
Narellan
Camden South Daily full-time service
898 Campbelltown via Narellan Road Harrington Park Weekday limited service
899 Campbelltown via Narellan Catherine Field Monday–Friday full-time service
Limited Saturday service

Coach services[edit]

Rowe's Bus Service previously operated coach services with a fleet of six Dennings until the coach licences were sold to Westbus in 1986. Macarthur Coaches also operated some coaches that were sold in 1990.[20] Until October 2011 Busways operated a service from Forster to Sydney. Busways operate coach services from Newcastle to Taree under contract to NSW TrainLink.

Fleet[edit]

Having traditionally purchased Bedford and Leyland buses, in November 1978 the first of 30 Volvo B58s were delivered. Since then Busways have purchased buses from MAN, Mercedes-Benz, Scania and Volvo In the 1970s the Rowe fleet livery was white with a red stripe with an orange stripe added in 1988. Since 2010 the blue and white Transport for New South Wales livery has been applied to the Sydney and Central Coast fleets. As at July 2014 Busways operated 781 buses.[21]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d The History of Busways Busways
  2. ^ a b c d e New South Wales Bus Operators and Fleet Listings. Sydney: Historic Commercial Vehicle Association. 1993. p. 41. 
  3. ^ a b c "Contractor changes in Sydney regions 2 and 15" Australian Bus issue 64 July 2014 pages 36/37
  4. ^ Delwood Coaches Australian Bus Fleet Lists
  5. ^ "What Has Changed in 20 Years" Australian Bus Panorama 14/2 October 1998 page 8
  6. ^ "Name change" Fleetline June 1990 page 96
  7. ^ "Ownership changes" Fleetline June 1990 page96
  8. ^ "Peninsula Buslines" Australian Bus Panorama 10/2 August 1994 page 54
  9. ^ "Private operators" Fleetline September 1993 page 193
  10. ^ a b Bus firm buys failed King Bros business ABC News 24 September 2003
  11. ^ Yarramalong Bus Lines Australian Bus Fleet Lists
  12. ^ Kulnura Bus Lines Australian Bus Fleet Lists
  13. ^ Improved bus services in the Blacktown region Busways 27 February 2007
  14. ^ a b Cut costs or bus contracts will go to private sector, minister tells drivers Sydney Morning Herald 7 November 2012
  15. ^ a b Busways win a 300 bus contract in Western Sydney Busways 7 November 2012
  16. ^ a b More than 60 new buses and improved customer service with new bus contracts Transport for NSW 29 August 2013
  17. ^ a b Busways Campbelltown May 2014, Retrieved 18 April 2014
  18. ^ The new Government Contracting Model introduced by the Land Transport Authority has got us very excited. Busways Singapore
  19. ^ First Bus Package under the Government Contracting Model Up for Tender Land Transport Authority
  20. ^ Hunt's Coaches Australian Bus Fleet Lists
  21. ^ Busways Australian Bus Fleet Lists