|Headquarters||29 Foundry Road|
Seven Hills, New South Wales
93 Lee Holm Road
St Marys , New South Wales
Mid North Coast
North West Slopes
|Service type||Bus operator|
Hunter Valley Buses
Forest Coach Lines
Blue Mountains Transit
CDC Broken Hill
|Chief executive||David Mead|
CDC NSW is a bus operator in New South Wales, Australia. It is an umbrella brand of ComfortDelGro Australia established in 2017 to cover the latter's New South Wales operations, some of which had been owned by ComfortDelGro since 2005. It was subsequently established as a legal entity (company) in 2019. In early 2023, the Hillsbus and Forest Coach Lines (Sydney only) brands were phased out in favour of the CDC NSW brand.
The CDC NSW operations do not include CDC Broken Hill, even though the operation is located in New South Wales. Together with CDC Mildura, they are managed by CDC Victoria. However, CDC NSW includes CDC Canberra, which is actually based in the neighbouring New South Wales city of Queanbeyan despite its name.
In 2016, Singaporean company ComfortDelGro bought out ComfortDelGro Cabcharge from its joint venture partner Cabcharge and renamed the company to ComfortDelGro Australia. The CDC NSW brand began to appear in early 2017 as an umbrella branding of ComfortDelGro Australia's operations in New South Wales, which at the time consisted of Hillsbus, Blue Mountains Transit, Hunter Valley Buses, QCity Transit, Transborder Express and Charterplus. The logo was introduced on its website in April 2017.
In following few years since, ComfortDelGro Australia acquired a number of bus companies in Australia, some in New South Wales such as Forest Coach Lines. However, until 2023, the majority of the New South Wales operations were not rebranded, unlike its Victorian counterparts which had been rebranded to CDC in 2014.
In March 2022, ComfortDelGro Australia announced it intended to rebrand all of its operations in New South Wales under the CDC NSW brand. Following it successfully tendering to continue operating regions 4 and 14 in Sydney, ComfortDelGro Australia announced that its Forest Coach Lines (Sydney only) and Hillsbus subsidiaries would both be rebranded when the new contracts commence in April and May 2023.
CDC NSW operates bus services in two bus regions in Sydney:
- Sydney Bus Region 4: the Hills District since 2005, initially using the Hillsbus branding until it was phased out in 2023.
- Sydney Bus Region 14: the Northern Suburbs since 2018, initially using the Forest Coach Lines branding until it was also phased out in 2023.
In November 2022, it was announced that CDC NSW retained Regions 4 and 14, including Region 12 which was consolidated into Region 14. The Hillsbus and Forest Coach Lines (only the Sydney operations) brands were phased out in favour of the CDC NSW brand, with the new contracts for Regions 4 and 14 commencing in April and May 2023 respectively. As a result of Region 12 consolidating into Region 14, CDC NSW also took over services from Transdev NSW.
CDC NSW operates the following services:
- Bus routes 141, 193 to 197, 260, 270 to 284 in Sydney's Northern Suburbs and Northern Beaches (Chatswood, Gordon, St Ives, Frenchs Forest, Brookvale, Mona Vale)
- 535 from Parramatta to Carlingford (rail replacement bus service)
- Bus routes 556 to 599 in Sydney's upper north shore (Hornsby, Gordon, St Ives, Macquarie Park, Chatswood)
- Bus routes 600 to 665 in Sydney's north-western suburbs, including
- 600 (formerly Metrobus M60) from Hornsby to Parramatta
- 610X (formerly Metrobus M61) from Castle Hill to Queen Victoria Building.
- 66x series along the North West T-Way (formerly T6x series)
- Express services along the M2 Hills Motorway and Lane Cove Tunnel to Macquarie Park, North Sydney and Queen Victoria Building
- Bus routes 700 to 715 in Sydney's western suburbs (Wentworthville, Seven Hills, Blacktown)
- Foundry Road in Seven Hills – Head Office of CDC NSW – 194 buses
- Dural (D) – 179 buses
- Northmead (N) – 136 buses
- Hartley Road in Seven Hills - another depot also in Seven Hills, smaller than Foundry Road depot - 33 buses
- Terrey Hills and Cromer depots - 155 buses
- Mount Kuring-gai - 107 buses
The following CDC NSW operations have their own separate branding or name.
Hunter Valley Buses
Hunter Valley Buses is a bus operator who operates bus, coach and charter services in the Central Coast and Hunter regions of New South Wales. Previously known as Blue Ribbon, it was one of the first companies to be bought by ComfortDelGro Cabcharge in 2005. Since 2008, Hunter Valley Buses' services have formed Outer Sydney Metropolitan Bus Regions 2 and 4. In August 2018, its service area expanded to include Outer Sydney Metropolitan Bus Region 11 after the purchase of Coastal Liner.
CDC Charter is CDC's bus charter division for its Sydney and Blue Mountains operations. Initially established as Charterplus in 2008 to centralise the charter operations between the Hillsbus depots, this was expanded to the Westbus depots in 2009. It organises charters for the CDC group, CDC rail bus workings, as well as CDC's special event commitments. Charterplus was renamed CDC Travel in November 2018. Originally based at Bonnyrigg, all Sydney CDC Charter vehicles are now based at the St Marys depot with some vehicles based in the Blue Mountains. In early 2023, CDC Travel was renamed CDC Charter.
As of September 2023, CDC Charter operates 63 buses transferred from both the New South Wales and Victorian operations.
Blue Mountains Transit
In August 2014, CDC purchased Blue Mountains Bus Company with 101 buses. It operated depots in Emu Plains, Leura and Valley Heights. Founded in 1951 as Pearce Omnibus, it operated services in the lower Blue Mountains. In 1999, it expanded with the purchase of Katoomba-Leura Bus Service, followed in 2002 by Blue Mountains Bus Co. On 1 December 2014, CDC formally took over the operations of Blue Mountains Bus Company and rebranded it as Blue Mountains Transit.
Blue Mountains Transit now operates 73 buses as of September 2023, across the same 3 depots, which includes the recent additions of 14 ex-StationLink buses in July 2019.
In September 2012, CDC purchased Deane's Transit Group which comprised Deane's Buslines which operates local services in Queanbeyan and into Canberra, and Transborder Express which runs services between Yass, Murrumbateman, Hall and Canberra. Both brands also operate school services within their service region. On 8 July 2013, Deane's Buslines was rebranded as Qcity Transit.
In January 2023, Qcity Transit and Transborder Express were rebranded as CDC Canberra.
As of September 2023, the CDC Canberra fleet consists of 155 buses.
Forest Coach Lines
Forest Coach Lines is a bus and coach operator which operates in the Mid North Coast, and North West Slopes regions in New South Wales. Until 2023, Forest Coach Lines also operated buses in the Northern Suburbs of Sydney in Sydney Bus Region 14, with the branding phased out and replaced by the CDC NSW brand. Forest Coach Lines was acquired by ComfortDelGro in August 2018.
In October 2021, CDC merged its newly acquired school bus business from KA & VK Stubbs Pty Ltd into its Forest Coach Lines business in Narrabri and Wee Waa.
Blanch's Bus Company
Blanch's Bus Company, established in 1976, operates scheduled route and school bus services in the Ballina, Lennox Head, Byron Bay and Mullumbimby areas of Northern NSW out of depots in Ballina and Billinudgel. Since 2010, it also owned Brunswick Valley Coaches, while retaining the latter's brand.
Blanch's Bus Company and Brunswick Valley Coaches were acquired by ComfortDelGro in April 2019.
As of September 2023, the fleet consists of 47 buses.
Westbus was a bus operator who operated bus services in Western Sydney. It was one of the first companies to be bought by ComfortDelGro Cabcharge in 2005. Until its cessation, Westbus' services were part of Sydney Bus Regions 1 and 3. In 2012, these regions were put out to tender by Transport for NSW. Westbus' bids to retain both regions were not successful, with the Region 1 services operating out of St Marys and Windsor passing to Busways, while the Region 3 services operated by Bonnyrigg and Girraween passing to Transit Systems Sydney, both in October 2013. As a result, Westbus ceased to operate routes, with remaining bus fleet transferred to other ComfortDelGro Cabcharge subsidiaries.
Hillsbus was a bus operator which operated bus services in the Hills District. It was one of the first companies to be bought by ComfortDelGro Cabcharge in 2005. In August 2013, Hillsbus successfully tendered to operate the Region 4 services for another five years from August 2014. The Hillsbus brand was phased out and replaced by the CDC NSW brand in 2023.
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