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Torrens Transit

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Torrens Transit
An Australian Bus Manufacturing bodied MAN NL232, July 2016
ParentTransit Systems
Founded23 April 2000
HeadquartersMile End
Service areaAdelaide
Service typeBus services
AllianceAdelaide Metro
Depots12 (March 2021)
Fleet903 (March 2021)
Chief executiveClint Feuerherdt
WebsiteTorrens Transit

Torrens Transit is an Australian bus service operator in Adelaide. It operates some services as part of the Adelaide Metro network under contract to the Government of South Australia. It is a subsidiary of Transit Systems, which is a part of the Kelsian Group.


An Australian Bus Manufacturing bodied MAN NL202 on Currie Street, June 2014

In April 2000, Torrens Transit began operating the Adelaide Metro East–West contract, with 255 buses under contract to the Government of South Australia.[1][2][3]

In April 2005, Torrens Transit began operating the North–South and Outer North East contracts that had previously been run by Serco.[4][5]

In July 2011, Torrens Transit began operating a new eight-year East–West contract, with an optional four-year extension exercisable based on performance criteria.[6] The North–South and Outer North East area contracts passed to Light-City Buses in October 2011.[7][8]

In April 2013, Light-City Buses was stripped of eight routes for continued poor performance, with these being returned to Torrens Transit.[9][10][11]

In November 2014, Torrens Transit began operating a new service between the CBD and Adelaide Airport with a double deck Bustech CDi.[12]

In June 2018, the Light-City Buses business was integrated with Torrens Transit, following Transit Systems purchasing it from Broadspectrum, doubling the fleet to 700 buses.[13][14][15] This marked the return of Light-City routes to Torrens Transit after seven years.

In July 2020, Torrens Transit retained its East West, Outer North East and North South contracts, and took over the Outer North contract from SouthLink. All four bus contracts will run for 8 years. Its North–South contract was expanded to include the Glenelg tram line and is operated by Torrens Connect, a joint venture between Torrens Transit, UGL Rail and John Holland.[16][17][18]


As at October 2023, the fleet consisted of 821 buses.[19] Buses are painted in Adelaide Metro liveries v1, v2, New, Hybrid, and sometimes in All Over Advertising. In 2000 Torrens Transit inherited a fleet of Dennis Dart, MAN NL202, MAN SL202, Volvo B58 articulated and Volvo B59s from TransAdelaide.[20]

Their fleet currently consists of the following:

  • Bustech - Precision Buses 'XDi'
  • SLF Designline SLF - 'Olympbus'
  • FTH12 Hydrogen City Bus - Foton
  • Hino Poncho HX - Hino
  • Iveco Metro C260 - Custom 'CB80'
  • MAN 18.260 - Custom Coaches 'CB60'
  • MAN 18.280 HOCL-NL - ABM 'CB64A'
  • MAN NL202 CNG - ABM '160'
  • MAN NL202 CNG - ABM 'CB62A'
  • MAN NL232 CNG - ABM 'CB62A'
  • Mercedes-Benz O405NH - Custom Coaches 'CB60'
  • Mercedes-Benz O405NH - O-Bahn ABM 'CB60A'
  • Mercedes-Benz O500LE - Volgren 'CR228L'
  • Scania K230UB - Custom 'CB80'
  • Scania K230UB - Custom Coaches 'CB60 Evo II'
  • Scania K230UB O-Bahn - Custom Coaches 'CB60 Evo II’,
  • Scania K280UB - Custom 'CB80',
  • Scania K280UB - Volgren 'CR228L'
  • Scania K280UB O-Bahn - Custom 'CB80'
  • Scania K310UA - Custom Coaches 'CB60 Evo II'
  • Scania K320CB - BusTech (SA) 'VST'
  • Scania K320UA - Custom 'CB80'
  • Scania K320UA - Custom Coaches 'CB60 Evo II
  • Scania K320UA O-Bahn - Custom Coaches 'CB60 Evo II'
  • Scania K320UB - BusTech (SA) 'VST'
  • Scania K320UB - Bustech 'VST'
  • Scania K320UB - Custom 'CB80 Series 2'
  • Scania K320UB - Custom 'CB80'
  • Scania K320UB Hybrid - BusTech (SA) 'VST'
  • Scania K320UB Hybrid O-Bahn - BusTech (SA) 'VST'
  • Scania K320UB O-Bahn - Custom 'CB80 Series 2'
  • Scania K360UA - BusTech (SA) 'VST-A'
  • Scania K360UA - Custom 'CB80'
  • Scania K360UA - Custom Bus 'CB80'
  • Scania K360UA O-Bahn - BusTech (SA) 'VST-A’
  • Scania K360UA O-Bahn - Custom 'CB80’,
  • Scania K360UA O-Bahn - Custom Bus 'CB80'
  • Scania L94UA - Custom Coaches 'CB60 Combo'
  • Scania L94UA - Volgren 'CR224L'
  • Scania L94UB - Custom Coaches 'CB60A'
  • Scania L94UB CNG - Custom Coaches 'CB60A’
  • Scania N280UB - Custom 'CB80'
  • Volvo B10BLE - Volgren 'CR222L'
  • Volvo B5RLEH - Volgren ‘CR228L’


Torrens Transit operates seven depots in Mile End, Newton, Edinburgh North, Port Adelaide, Morphettville, St Agnes and Glengowrie. They also used to run out of Wingfield.


  1. ^ Adelaide Bus Tendering Results Announced Australian Bus Panorama 15/4 February 2000 p. 21
  2. ^ Adelaide Bus Tendering Results Australian Bus Panorama 15/5 April 2000 p. 29
  3. ^ Competitive Tendering for Bus Services Archived 13 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine Seventh International Conference on Competition & Ownership in Land Passenger Transport June 2001
  4. ^ New Metropolitan Bus Contracts for Adelaide Minister for Urban Development & Planning 17 February 2005
  5. ^ Serco bus drivers end strike Archived 28 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine ABC News 19 February 2005
  6. ^ Report on the Adelaide Metro Bus Service Contracts Minister for Transport August 2011
  7. ^ Transfield Services awarded $567 million Adelaide metropolitan bus contract Archived 27 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine Transfield Services 29 April 2011
  8. ^ Bus firm vows jobs safe under contract changes Archived 28 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine ABC News 29 April 2011
  9. ^ Bus company Transfield stripped of eight routes and fined for being late Archived 4 July 2013 at the Wayback Machine Adelaide Advertiser 24 April 2013
  10. ^ Bus company stripped of routes Archived 11 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine ABC News 25 April 2013
  11. ^ SA operator forfeits routes due to poor performance Archived 19 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine Australasian Bus & Coach 26 April 2013
  12. ^ Double-decker buses back on our streets with express service between the city and Adelaide Airport Adelaide Advertiser 26 October 2014
  13. ^ "Torrens Transit acquires Light City Buses". Transit Systems. 4 June 2018. Archived from the original on 9 August 2018. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  14. ^ Transit Systems eyes Bridj shuttle expansion after Adelaide bus acquisition Archived 1 July 2018 at the Wayback Machine Australian Financial Review 9 May 2018
  15. ^ Torrens Transit acquires local rival Light City Buses Archived 9 April 2023 at the Wayback Machine Adelaide Advertiser 9 May 2018
  16. ^ Adelaide Bus and Public Transport Contracts Announced Australasian Bus & Coach 10 March 2020
  17. ^ Welcome to a new era for public transport in South Australia Department of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure 20 March 2020
  18. ^ UGL and John Holland to operate Adelaide trams Metro Report International 12 March 2020
  19. ^ "Australian Bus Fleet Lists - Admet Fleet Lists". fleetlists.busaustralia.com. Archived from the original on 24 November 2020. Retrieved 5 May 2021.
  20. ^ Adelaide Contractors Australian Bus Panorama 16/3 December 2000 pp. 54–56

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