Hawkesbury Valley Buses

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Hawkesbury Valley Buses
Parent Joe & Tony Calabro
Commenced operation June 1958
Headquarters Oakville
Service area City of Hawkesbury
Service type Bus charter operator
Depots 1
Fleet 11 (June 2014)
Website www.busabout.com.au/hawkesburyvalley

Hawkesbury Valley Buses is an Australian bus company operating bus charter services in Western Sydney.

History[edit]

Hawkesbury Valley was formed in June 1958 when Bob Kirkpatrick purchased the Maraylya to Windsor and Riverstone services from NK Lakeman-Fidler. In February 1984 the Windsor to Wisemans Ferry service was purchased from R Clarkson.

In November 1990 Hawkesbury Valley was sold to Joe and Tony Calabro.[1] The Calabro family had sold their 70 vehicle Bonnyrigg operation to Westbus in June 1989.[2] and subsequently purchased Surfside Buslines in October 1989[3][4]

The Calabros expanded their Sydney presence purchasing Neville's Bus Service in 1994 and Liverpool Transport Co in 1997. During 1994/95 Hawkesbury Valley operated a service between the international and domestic terminals at Sydney Airport for Qantas.[5]

Since 2005 Hawkesbury Valley's services have formed part of Sydney Bus Region 1, held in partnership with Busways and Westbus. From 6 October 2013 Busways commenced operating Region 1 services in its own right. This resulted in it taking over the services operated by Hawkesbury Valley.[6][7] It continues to trade as a bus charter operator.

Fleet[edit]

As at June 2014 the fleet consisted of 11 buses.[8] Until 1990 Hawkesbury Valley operated two Austral Tourmaster coaches. Many of Hawkesbury Valley's buses have come from or gone to other Calabro group companies. The fleet livery had for many years been blue and gold.

Former Routes[edit]

Prior to October 2013, Hawkesbury Valley operated services in Sydney Bus Region 1:[9]

Route Start Via End Days of operation
661 Windsor via McGraths Hill, Mulgrave & Vineyard Riverstone Monday–Saturday
662 Riverstone via Boundary Road Maraylya Monday-Friday
663 Windsor via McGraths Hill, Oakville & Pitt Town Wisemans Ferry Monday-Saturday
664 Windsor via McGraths Hill Maraylya Monday-Friday

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ownership changes" Fleetline July 1991 page 118
  2. ^ "Calabro's Sold" Fleetline November 1989 page 176
  3. ^ "Stateliner takes over Greyhound" Australian Bus Panorama 5/5 March 1990 page 23
  4. ^ "Surfside Bus Lines" Australian Bus Panorama 6/6 February 1991 page 45
  5. ^ "Hawkesbury Valley" Fleetline July 1995 page 135
  6. ^ Cut costs or bus contracts will go to private sector, minister tells drivers Sydney Morning Herald 7 November 2012
  7. ^ Busways win a 300 bus contract in Western Sydney Busways 7 November 2012
  8. ^ Busabout Oakville Australian Bus Fleet Lists
  9. ^ Timetables Hawkesbury Valley Buses