CDC Melbourne

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CDC Melbourne
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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 55
Hubs Chadstone Shopping Centre
Highpoint Shopping Centre
Manor Lakes Shopping Centre
Pacific Werribee Shopping Centre Monash University
Watergardens Town Centre
Stations Aircraft
Altona
Armadale
Auburn
Box Hill
Broadmeadows
Camberwell
Carnegie
Caulfield
East Malvern
Elsternwick
Essendon
Flagstaff
Footscray
Gardenvale
Ginifer
Glen Iris
Glen Waverley
Holmesglen
Hoppers Crossing
Huntingdale
Keilor Plains
Laverton
McKinnon
Middle Brighton
Middle Footscray
Mount Waverley
Murrumbeena
North Brighton
North Williamstown
Oakleigh
Ormond
Ripponlea
Riversdale
Roxburgh Park
St Albans
Sunbury
Sunshine
Surrey Hills
Toorak
Tooronga
Watergardens
Werribee
West Footscray
Westona
Williams Landing
Yarraville
Depots Oakleigh
Sunshine
Truganina
Tullamarine
Fleet 317 (May 2018)
Website www.cdcvictoria.com.au

CDC Melbourne is a bus operator in Melbourne, Australia. As a Melbourne bus company, it operates 55 bus routes under contract to the Government of Victoria. It is a subsidiary of ComfortDelGro Australia.

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, Davis (Ballarat) 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.

In May 2018, CDC acquired Tullamarine Bus Lines with six routes (477-479, 484, 490 & 543) and 36 buses.[9]

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.[10] At April 2018, prior to the acquisition of Tullamarine Bus Lines, the fleet consisted of 281 buses and coaches. When Tullamarine Bus Lines was acquired in 2018, CDC also acquired 36 buses, bringing the fleet to 317 buses and coaches.

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 (6/8): 14. May 1991. 
  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 (7/1): 3. August 1991. 
  4. ^ "Kefford Group Fleets". Australian Bus Panorama (7/1): 35. August 1991. 
  5. ^ "Kefford Group finds a buyer". Australian Bus & Coach. 20 November 2008. 
  6. ^ "ComfortDelGro Expands Melbourne Operations Through A $22.0 Million Acquisition" (PDF). ComfortDelGro. 20 May 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 November 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Skelton, Andrew (20 May 2013). "Acquisition of further Bus Route Service Business in Melbourne" (PDF). 
  8. ^ "Updates and News". CDC Victoria. Archived from the original on 6 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "CDC Victoria further strengthens bus footprint in Victoria" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 June 2018. 
  10. ^ "CDC Group". Australian Bus Fleet Lists. 

External links[edit]

Media related to CDC Melbourne at Wikimedia Commons