Greyhound Australia

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Greyhound Australia logo.svg
Greyhound Australia - MCA 14.5m-GM Series 60 00.jpg
MotorCoach Australia in Canberra
in August 2009
Parent KordaMentha (85%)
Chapman Group (15%)
Founded 1928
Headquarters Pinkenba
Service type Coach operator
Destinations Adelaide
Brisbane
Broome
Cairns
Canberra
Darwin
Melbourne
Sydney
Toowoomba
various regional destinations
Fleet 241 (March 2015)
Website www.greyhound.com.au

Greyhound Australia is Australia's only long national distance coach operator running services in all mainland states and territories. It is owned by KordaMentha (85%) and the Chapman Group (15%).

History[edit]

Irizar Century bodied Mercedes-Benz OH1830 in Perth in October 2013 with fluorescent yellow stripe and hazard light for operation on mining sites

Greyhound Coaches was formed in 1928 by Russell Penfold with a service between Toowoomba and Brisbane. In 1956 and again in 1962 Greyhound attempted to enter the interstate passenger express field but without success. In 1968, after entering the market a third time, the company succeeded in establishing services between Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide with Perth and Darwin added in the 1970s creating a national coach company.[1]

In 1975, the South Australian operations were franchised to Adelaide operators Murray Valley Coaches and Stateliner.[2]

In November 1989, the Penfold family sold Greyhound Coaches to Stateliner with the exception of the Brisbane - Gold Coast and Brisbane - Toowoomba services that were sold separately.[3] In 1992 Greyhound, Pioneer and Bus Australia merged with the combined operation rebranded Greyhound Pioneer Australia.[4][5]

In February 1999, Queensland Coach Company was formed by Greyhound Pioneer Australia to body 94 Scania coaches over five years to renew the fleet.[6] Originally an alliance was formed with bodybuilder Alan B Denning with it proposed the Galaxy body design be used. But following the collapse of the Clifford Corporation, the rights to the Austral Pacific Majestic body were purchased.[7] In July 2000, Queensland Coach Company ceased trading and was put into administration.[8]

In March 2000, Greyhound Pioneer Australia entered discussions with McCafferty's Coaches about a potential merge.[9][10] Subsequently Premier Motor Service made an unsuccessful takeover bid for the business.[8][11] In September 2000, a takeover bid from McCafferty's was accepted.[5][12][13]

In October 2004, McCafferty's sold the combined business to ANZ Bank and George Chapman with both operations rebranded as Greyhound Australia.[5] In 2006 ANZ sold its shares to KordaMentha.[14]

In 2005, the Sunshine Coast to Byron Bay services of Suncoast Pacific were purchased.[15] In October 2011, the Oz Experience backpacker business was purchased.[14]

Routes[edit]

Greyhound Australia's routes with frequencies as at March 2015 are:[16]

Former routes[edit]

Other services[edit]

Greyhound Australia provide coaches for transportation of mine workers, coaches used on these duties carry large fleet numbers, fluorescent yellow stripes and a roof mounted flashing orange light. Between July 2010 and June 2014, Greyhound Australia operated services between Lithgow and Gulgong, Coonabarabran and Baradine under contract to CountryLink.[22][23][24]

Some intrastate services in Queensland are subsidised by the Queensland Government.[21]

Fleet[edit]

In the 1970s, Greyhound imported a fleet of Eagle 05 and 10 coaches.[25] In the 1980s it purchased Austral Tourmasters and Volgren bodied Volvo B10Ms. In 1995, it standardised on Scania coaches. More recently it has purchased Iveco, Mercedes-Benz and Volvos. As at March 2015, the fleet consisted of 241 coaches.[26]

In the 1970s, Greyhound adopted an orange and white livery. In 1993 a grey, white and blue livery was introduced following the formation of Greyhound Pioneer Australia. McCafferty's gold livery was applied when it took over the business in 2000 before the current red livery was introduced in 2004.

Other Greyhound operations[edit]

Greyhound Australia has never had any affiliation with the FirstGroup owned Greyhound Lines, Greyhound Canada, Greyhound Mexico, or Greyhound UK operations.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Greyhound Australia" Fleetline May 1988 page 115
  2. ^ "The odd coachfellows" The Age 25 September 1978
  3. ^ "Stateliner takes over Greyhound" Australian Bus Panorama issue 5/5 March 1990 page 23
  4. ^ "Australian Coachlines Group" Australian Bus Panorama issue 9/5 January 1994 page 36
  5. ^ a b c Greyhound Australia's History Greyhound Australia
  6. ^ "Express" Australian Bus Panorama April 1999 issue 14/5 page 19
  7. ^ "Greyhound-Pioneer/Queensland Coach Co" Australian Bus Panorama October 1999 issue 15/2 page 21
  8. ^ a b "Greyhound/QCC/McCafferty's/Premier Motor Service" Australian Bus Panorama issue 16/1 August 2000 page 18
  9. ^ "Greyhound Pioneer Australia" Australian Bus Panorama issue 15/5 April 2000 page 38
  10. ^ Greyhound and McCaffertys talk Australasian Bus & Coach
  11. ^ McCaffertys welcome Greyhound rejection Australasian Bus & Coach
  12. ^ "National & Manufacturing" Australian Bus Panorama issue 16/2 October 2000 page 19
  13. ^ McCaffertys finally get Greyhound Australasian Bus & Coach
  14. ^ a b Greyhound deal to take backpackers along for ride Courier-Mail 3 October 2011
  15. ^ Suncoast Pacific Coaches Bus Australia Fleet Lists
  16. ^ Timetables Greyhound Australia
  17. ^ Nullabor bus service proves too costly ABC News 10 October 2005
  18. ^ New qconnect contract boost Qld long distance bus services Queensland Government 5 February 2008
  19. ^ a b Greyhound drop Melbourne-Toowoomba, Perth-Broome services Backpacker Trade News 14 February 2013
  20. ^ a b Greyhound cancels runs Australasian Bus & Coach 1 March 2013
  21. ^ a b c d Long distance coaches Department of Transport & Main Roads 19 December 2014
  22. ^ CountryLink Greyhound Commercial
  23. ^ Western timetable NSW TrainLink 20 October 2013
  24. ^ Contract Award Notice Detail - S09014 NSW Government eTendering 1 December 2010
  25. ^ Greyhound Driver Bus Lines
  26. ^ Greyhound Australia Australian Bus Fleet Lists

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