Sunbus Townsville

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Sunbus Townsville
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Sunbus Townsville Bus.jpg
Parent Transit Australia Group
Founded 1995
Headquarters Garbutt
Service area Townsville
Service type Bus operator
Routes 13
Hubs Castletown Shoppingworld
James Cook University
Stockland Townsville
Townsville CBD
Townsville Hospital
Willows Shopping Centre
Depots 1
Fleet 87 (June 2013)
Website www.sunbus.com.au

Sunbus is the principal bus operator in Townsville, Queensland operating services under the QConnect scheme in Regional Queensland.

History[edit]

In April 1996 Harry Blundred, the proprietor of Thames Transit in the United Kingdom, commenced operating the route services in Cairns.[1][2]

As part of the deal Sunbus was also responsible for the operation of school bus services in the region, however these were sold in 1997 to fellow British bus operator Stagecoach.[3][4]

In April 2008 Blundred sold Marlin Coast Sunbus along with the other Sunbus operations to Transit Australia Group. In April 2010 the operation expanded with the acquisition of Hermit Park Bus Service.[5][6]

Service Area[edit]

Sunbus operates from Pallarenda in the north, Kelso and Stuart in the south, plus Kirwan and Thuringowa Central in the west. The area with the largest service coverage, are the suburbs of Annandale and Douglas.

Fleet[edit]

As at June 2013 the fleet consisted of 87 buses.[7] Fleet livery is light blue.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Private Operators" Fleetline July 1995 page 130
  2. ^ "Transit Australia" Australian Bus Panorama 11/7 April 1996 page 48
  3. ^ "Private Operators" Australian Bus Panorama 13/1 August 1997 page 22
  4. ^ Buslink Australian Bus Fleet Lists
  5. ^ Hermit Park Bus Service Australian Bus Fleet Lists
  6. ^ Transit Australia Group buys Hermit Park Bus Company Transit Australia Group
  7. ^ Sunbus Townsville Australian Bus Fleet Lists