Crowthers

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Crowthers-buslink-logo.png
Parent Barry & Paul Crowther
Commenced operation circa 1900s
Headquarters Mascot
Service type Coach charter services
Depots 1
Fleet 3 (May 2014)
Website www.crowtherscoaches.com.au

Crowthers is an Australian coach charter coach company in Sydney. Until January 2009 it operated route bus services in the Sutherland Shire.

History[edit]

In the early 1900s, S Crowthers and Sons Pty Ltd established a small bus service in Thirroul eventually expanding further south to Dapto.[1] In 1952 Crowthers began operations in Sydney purchasing route 65 that operated between Cronulla railway station and South Cronulla from Ryder & Moore. In 1966 the service was extended to Caringbah.[2]

In 1998 Barry and Paul Crowther purchased the company from their family.[2]

For the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000 Crowthers were contracted to manage a fleet of 126 buses and over 200 drivers Olympic sponsors.[2]

In January 2009 Veolia Transport purchased the route bus operations of Crowthers with six buses.[3]

Crowthers had also operated coaches since at least June 1981 when a new Domino Tourmaster was purchased.[4] This part of the business continues with a fleet of three coaches operated as at May 2014 out of a depot adjoining Sydney Airport.[5] Two of the coaches are painted in Australian Pacific Tours livery, Crowthers having previously acted as a sub-contractor to the tourism company.

BusLink[edit]

With the introduction of the Passenger Transport Act of 1990, there was a consolidation of routes. Both Crowther's routes 65 and 66 and Nicholson's route 67 Cronulla to Kurnell were covered by one contract, leading to the operators combining their services under the BusLink brand in November 1992.

The routes were restructured with 984 and 985 operated by Crowthers and 987 by Nicholsons:[6][7]

In May 2000 Crowthers took over the operation of Nicholson's service.[8][9]

Crowthers also operated the Shire Shuttle, a Sutherland Shire Council sponsored late-night/early morning service providing free transport from major pubs and clubs.[10] Crowthers also ran a service called the Sharks Shuttle which provided a free service to Endeavour Field from Heathcote, Engadine and Sutherland during Cronulla Sharks home games.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Obituaries" Fleetline July 1994 page 130
  2. ^ a b c History Crowthers
  3. ^ Veolia Transport NSW Bus Fleets of Australia
  4. ^ New South Wales Bus Operators and Fleet Listings. Sydney: Historic Commercial Vehicle Association. 1993. p. 50. 
  5. ^ Crowther's Coaches Australian Bus Fleet Lists
  6. ^ "Routes, timetables and services" Fleetline February 1993 page 34
  7. ^ "Bus Link" Australian Bus Panorama February 1993 page 37
  8. ^ "Crowther" Australian Bus Panorama 16/1 August 2000 page 47
  9. ^ "Timetable and Service Changes" Fleetline September 2000 page 150
  10. ^ Shire Shuttle Crowthers
  11. ^ Sharks Shuttle Crowthers