Invicta Bus Services

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Invicta Bus Services
Parent Ventura Bus Lines
Founded 24 May 1936
Headquarters Lilydale
Service area Eastern Melbourne
Service type Bus operator
Routes 16
Hubs Chirnside Park Shopping Centre
Stud Park Shopping Centre
Waverley Gardens Shopping Centre
Westfield Knox
Stations Bayswater
Belgrave
Boronia
Croydon
Ferntree Gully
Lilydale
Mooroolbark
Oakleigh
Ringwood
Fleet 97 (April 2014)
Chief executive Andrew Cornwall
Website www.venturabus.com.au

Invicta Bus Services is a bus and coach operator in Melbourne, Australia. As a Melbourne bus company, it operates 16 bus routes under contract to the Government of Victoria.

History[edit]

Croydon Bus Service owned by Bill Wilson commenced in May 1936 between Croydon and North Croydon. In December 1947 Clem Usher purchased the business. The business expanded with the purchase of Ringwood Bus Service in May 1952, A Turner in 1968, Adams Bus Service in January 1979.[1]

In July 1987 Invicta purchased Morse's Bus Service in Devonport, Tasmania. This was sold in 1990.[2][3]

Invicta was acquired by the Grenda Corporation in March 2009.[4] It was included in the sale of Grenda Corporation to Ventura Bus Lines in November 2011.[5][6]

Routes[edit]

Fleet[edit]

As at April 2014 the fleet consisted of 97 buses.[7] Invicta's buses were painted in a fawn and orange livery that was later superseded by a white, yellow and red livery. It has since adopted the standard white with red and yellow flashes of Grenda Corporation.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Melbourne Metropolitan Bus Operators and Fleet Listings. Melbourne: Bus & Coach Society of Victoria. 1991. p. 13. 
  2. ^ "Victorian Buses in the Eighties" Australian Bus Panorama 6/8 May 1991 page 14
  3. ^ Tassielink History Tassielink
  4. ^ "Grenda acquires Invicta Bus Lines". Retrieved 2009-05-02. 
  5. ^ Grenda Announcement 18/11/2011 Grenda Corporation 18 November 2011
  6. ^ The man with the golden handshake The Australian 10 March 2012
  7. ^ Ventura Group - Invicta Australian Bus Fleet Lists

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