National Bus Company
|Slogan||We're Moving You|
|Parent||Ventura Bus Lines|
|Commenced operation||27 December 1993|
|Ceased operation||3 August 2013|
|Service area||North, North-East, Eastern Melbourne|
|Service type||Bus services|
Doncaster Park & Ride
La Trobe University
Northland Shopping Centre
Pines Shopping Centre, Templestowe Village Shopping Centre
National Bus Company was an Australian bus operator in Brisbane and Melbourne. Formed in December 1993 by Jim and Carol Bosnjak following the privatisation of some of the Public Transport Corporation's Melbourne bus services, it also held the pair's 57% shareholding in Sydney operator Westbus. In August 1997 it purchased Brisbane operator Bayside Buslines.
In May 1999 National Bus Company was purchased by British coach operator National Express. In September 2004 National Express sold its Melbourne operations to Ventura Bus Lines, and Brisbane operations to Connex. In August 2013 National Bus Company's Melbourne services were transferred to Transdev Melbourne.
In 1993 the Kennett State Government put the state owned Public Transport Corporation services up for privatisation. The tender was won by Jim Bosnjak and sister in law Carol, who together held 57% of the shares in Sydney operator Westbus.
National Bus Company commenced operations on 27 December 1993 with a fleet of 61 Volvo B59 and 170 MAN SL200 former Public Transport Corporation buses and two depots located at Doncaster and Fitzroy North.
National Bus Company placed an order for 157 Newnham Custom bodied Mercedes-Benz LO812 and O405 buses. The LO812s were introduced under National's plan to introduce bus services in local areas previously not serviced by bus routes, along the lines of the Nepean Nipper scheme introduced in 1993 by Westbus in Penrith, the O405s were to replace older buses inherited from the Public Transport Corporation.
In September 2004 the Melbourne operations of National Bus Company were purchased by Ventura Bus Lines. At this time the company operated 268 buses along 44 northern and eastern suburbs bus routes.
In April 2013 Transdev Melbourne won the tender to operate the Melbourne Metropolitan Bus Franchise from August 2013. The franchise operates 30% of Melbourne's services including those of National Bus Company. National Bus Company ceased operating on 3 August 2013.
- 200 City – Bulleen via Kew Junction, Box Hill (Daily)
- 201 City – Westfield Doncaster via Kew Junction, East Kew (Daily)
- 202 East Kew – Box Hill (Monday to Saturday)
- 203 City – Bulleen via Kew Junction (Monday to Friday)
- 205 University of Melbourne – Westfield Doncaster via Kew Junction, Bulleen (Monday to Friday (peak))
- 207 City – Donvale via Kew Junction, Westfield Doncaster (Daily)
- 235 City – Fishermans Bend (Monday to Saturday (peak))
- 237 City – Fishermans Bend (Monday to Friday)
- 238 City – Port Melbourne (Monday to Friday (offpeak, evening))
- 246 Elsternwick – La Trobe University via Richmond RS, Clifton Hill (Daily)
- 250 Garden City – La Trobe University via Carlton North, Clifton Hill (Daily)
- 251 Garden City – Northland SC via Carlton North, Clifton Hill (Daily)
- 253 Garden City – North Carlton (Monday to Friday)
- 270 Box Hill – Ringwood via Mitcham RS (Monday to Saturday). Operated by National Bus Company & Ventura Bus Lines
- 271 Box Hill – Ringwood via Tunstall Square SC, Park Orchards (Daily) Operated by National Bus Company & Ventura Bus Lines
- 273 Stockland The Pines – Nunawading (Monday to Saturday)
- 279 Box Hill – Westfield Doncaster (Daily)
- 280 Stockland The Pines – Stockland The Pines via Tunstall Square SC, Westfield Doncaster, Templestowe Village SC (Monday to Saturday)
- 281 Templestowe – Deakin University via Westfield Doncaster, Box Hill (Monday to Saturday)
- 282 Stockland The Pines – Stockland The Pines via Tunstall Square SC, Westfield Doncaster, Templestowe Village SC, The Pines SC (Monday to Saturday)
- 284 Westfield Doncaster – Box Hill via Doncaster Park & Ride (Monday to Saturday)
- 285 Westfield Doncaster – Camberwell via Doncaster Park & Ride, Canterbury RS (Monday to Friday)
- 286 Box Hill – Stockland The Pines via Blackburn (Daily)
- 293 Box Hill – Greensborough via Westfield Doncaster (Daily)
- 295 Box Hill – Stockland The Pines via Westfield Doncaster, Templestowe (Daily)
- 302 City – Box Hill via East Kew (Daily)
- 303 City – North Ringwood (Monday to Friday (peak))
- 305 City – Warrandyte via Westfield Doncaster, The Pines SC (Daily)
- 309 City – Donvale via Doncaster Park & Ride (Monday to Friday)
- 313 City – Doncaster Park & Ride (Monday to Friday (peak))
- 315 City – Box Hill (Monday to Friday (peak))
- 318 City – Deep Creek (Monday To Friday (peak))
- 340 City – La Trobe University (Monday to Friday)
- 350 City – La Trobe University (Monday to Friday (peak))
- 364 Ringwood – Warrandyte (Daily)
- 366 Ringwood – Croydon via Croydon Hills (Daily) Operated by National Bus Company & Ventura Bus Lines
- 367 Ringwood – Croydon via Ringwood East (Daily) Operated by National Bus Company & Ventura Bus Lines
- 905 City – Stockland The Pines via Eastern Freeway, Templestowe (Daily)
- 906 City – Warrandyte Bridge via Eastern Freeway, Doncaster East, The Pines (Daily)
- 907 City – Mitcham via Eastern Freeway, Doncaster Park + Ride (Daily)
- 908 City – Stockland The Pines via Eastern Freeway, Doncaster East (Daily)
When operations ceased in August 2013, National Bus Company operated 276 buses. Upon formation in 1993, National Bus Company adopted the same cream and red colours as related company Westbus. It later adopted an all yellow livery before the two shades of blue of Ventura Bus Lines was adopted in 2004.
- Acquisition of Australian urban bus operator National Bus Company National Express 10 May 1999
- "National Bus Company" Australian Bus Panorama 9/5 January 1994 page 31
- "PTC Fleet Break-Up Immediately Prior to National Bus Co Takeover" Australian Bus Panorama 9/6 February 1994 page 31
- "National Bus Company Hits the Road Running in Melbourne" Australian Bus Panorama 10/1 July 1994 page 11
- Selma Milovanovic (6 September 2004). "New driving force behind Melbourne's buses". The Age. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
- Ventura acquires National Bus Company Victoria Australasian Bus & Coach
- Preferred tenderer announced for the Melbourne Metropolitan Bus Franchise Public Transport Victoria 26 April 2013
- Anger as French company lands bus contract The Age 26 April 2013
- Ventura Group Australian Bus Fleet Lists
- "National Bus Co Takes Over Bayside" Australian Bus Panorama 13/1 August 1997 page 20
- National Express sells buses The Age (Melbourne) 22 September 2004
- Connex pursues further development in Australia Connex press release 7 September 2004
- Connex acquires Brisbane and Perth companies Australasian Bus & Coach
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