CDC Melbourne

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Eastrans)
Jump to: navigation, search
CDC Melbourne
Westrans 6510AO.jpg
Westrans liveried Volgren bodied Volvo B12BLE in West Footscray in October 2009
Parent CDC Victoria
Founded January 1976
Service area Melbourne
Service type Bus operator
Routes 47
Hubs Chadstone Shopping Centre
Highpoint Shopping Centre
Manor Lakes Shopping Centre
Monash University
Watergardens Town Centre
Stations Altona
Footscray
Box Hill
Carnegie
Caulfield
Glen Waverley
Holmesglen
Hoppers Crossing
Huntingdale
Laverton
Mount Waverley
Oakleigh
Ormond
St Albans
Sunshine
Werribee
Williams Landing
Williamstown
Depots Altona
Hoppers Crossing
Oakleigh
Sunshine
Fleet 277 (March 2016)
Website www.cdcvictoria.com.au

CDC Melbourne is a bus operator in Melbourne, Australia. As a Melbourne bus company, it operates 47 bus routes under contract to the Government of Victoria. It is a subsidiary of ComfortDelGro Cabcharge.

History[edit]

Westrans liveried Volgren CR221L bodied Volvo B7L at Sunshine station in December 2013

The origins of CDC Melbourne can be traced to January 1976 when Kefford Corporation purchased Point Cook - Werribee Passenger Service, Werribee. In July 1987 Bono Bus Lines, Footscray was purchased with route 406 Footscray – Keilor East and the operation rebranded as Westrans.[1]

In January 1988, Kefford Corporation purchased the Sitch Group with subsidiaries:[2][3]

  • Altona Bus Lines, Altona
  • Footscray - Yarraville Bus Service, Yarraville
  • North Sunshine Bus Service, Sunshine
  • St Albans Bus Service, Sunshine
  • Sitch Bus Service, Sunshine

Also in January 1988, Kefford Corporation purchased routes 605 Melbourne City Centre - Elsternwick and 630 Elwood - Monash University from Sinclair's Bus Service with the operation rebranded as Eastrans.[3]

In May 1991, St Kilda Bus Service was purchased with route 606 Port Melbourne - St Kilda and rebranded Werribee Bus Lines.[4] Later the Point Cook, Sitch and Weribee operations were also brought under the Westrans brand.

In February 2009, ComfortDelGro Cabcharge acquired Kefford Corporation for A$149.2 million,[5] including the Eastrans, Westrans and Benders Busways (Geelong) brands. At the time of its acquisition by CDC in 2009, Kefford was the fourth-largest bus operator in Victoria with a market share of 16%, and with a fleet of 328 buses and six depots.

In July 2011, route 601 commenced as a high frequency shuttle between Huntingdale station and Monash University. In July 2013, CDC acquired the route operations of Driver Group with five routes (routes 612 and 623 - 626) and 42 buses, for $22 million.[6][7][8]

In October 2014, Eastrans and Westrans were united under the CDC Melbourne brand.

Fleet[edit]

At the time of its acquisition of Kefford in 2009, CDC acquired a fleet of 328 buses. When Driver Group was purchased in 2013, CDC also acquired 42 buses, and bringing the Victorian fleet to 420 buses.[7] As at March 2016, the CDC fleet consisted of 277 buses and coaches.[9]

Westrans fleet livery was white with red stripes for buses at Altona and Sunshine depots, and white with blue stripes at Werribee depot. Eastrans fleet livery was white with white and green stripes. The Public Transport Victoria white and orange diamonds livery has been adopted as standard for route service buses and an orange, blue and white livery was adopted for charter buses. However some buses still retain the old Westrans livery with CDC Melbourne signage.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Victorian Buses in the Eighties" Australian Bus Panorama issue 6/8 May 1991 page 14
  2. ^ Melbourne Metropolitan Bus Operators and Fleet Listings. Melbourne: Bus & Coach Society of Victoria. 1991. pp. 31–34. 
  3. ^ a b "Victorian Buses in the Eighties" Australian Bus Panorama issue 7/1 August 1991 page 3
  4. ^ "Kefford Group Fleets" Australian Bus Panorama issue 7/1 August 1991 page 35
  5. ^ Kefford Group finds a buyer Australian Bus & Coach 20 November 2008
  6. ^ ComfortDelGro Expands Melbourne Operations Through A$22.0 Million Acquisition ComfortDelGro 20 May 2013
  7. ^ a b Acquisition of further Bus Route Service Business in Melbourne Cabcharge 20 May 2013
  8. ^ Updates and News CDC Victoria
  9. ^ CDC Group Australian Bus Fleet Lists

External links[edit]

Media related to CDC Melbourne at Wikimedia Commons