Moreland Buslines

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Moreland Buslines
Moreland - Austral Denning 'Majestic' bodied Volvo B12R.jpg
Austral Denning Majestic bodied Volvo B12R at Wagga Wagga station in July 2009
Founded1955
HeadquartersCoburg
Service areaNorthern Melbourne
Service typeBus & coach operator
Routes2
StationsEssendon
Moreland
Fleet65 (May 2019)
Chief executivePeter Wright
Websitewww.buslines.com.au/moreland/

Moreland Buslines is a privately-owned bus and coach operator in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It operates two bus routes in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, under contract to the Public Transport Victoria.

History[edit]

In 1955, Clarrie Wright began operating a Reo bus on routes 510 Melville Road – High Street and 511 North EssendonSydney Road, along with six other operators. By 1969, Wright had bought out the other operators and formed Moreland Buslines.[1][2]

In 1973, Thompson Roadlines was acquired and Moreland entered the coach charter market, later operating safari tours to Central Australia. In July 1985, Taranto Bus Lines was acquired, which operated route 512 StrathmoreEast Coburg, followed by Geographical Tours and Bakers Bus Lines.[2] In 1996, Landmark Tours was acquired and Moreland began to operate services under contract to Greyhound Pioneer Australia, a relationship that continues as at 2014.[1][3]

In 2007, the Wright family acquired a 50% share in neighbouring Broadmeadows Bus Service but, in 2011, that company was sold to Dom Sita of Kastoria Bus Lines.[4][1]

In the early 2010s, Moreland acquired GBS in Wonthaggi, and in early 2013, Phillip Island Buslines was acquired. Wonthaggi and Philip Island then became South Coast Bus and Phillip Island Bus respectively.

Fleet[edit]

As at February 2020, the fleet consisted of 67 buses and coaches.[5] The fleet livery is off-white with light and dark green stripes, although route buses are painted in the PTV livery. As at May 2014, eight Scania coaches are painted in Greyhound Australia livery. They are used on services to Sydney and Brisbane.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Our History Moreland Bus
  2. ^ a b Melbourne Metropolitan Bus Operators and Fleet Listings. Melbourne: Bus & Coach Society of Victoria. 1991. p. 40.
  3. ^ "Moreland BL" Australian Bus Panorama 11/9 June 1996 page 44
  4. ^ Northern Transit Holdings - Broadmeadows Bus Service Australian Bus Fleet Lists 12 January 2013
  5. ^ Moreland Buslines Australian Bus Fleet Lists

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