Torrens Transit

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Torrens Transit
Torrens Transit MAN NL232 CNG 1.jpg
Australian Bus Manufacturing CB62A bodied MAN NL232 CNG on Currie Street in July 2014
Parent Transit Systems
Founded 23 April 2000
Headquarters Mile End
Service area Adelaide
Service type Bus services
Depots 4
Fleet 332 (January 2015)

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


Custom Coaches CB80 bodied Iveco Metro C260 signwritten for the Free City Connector service on Currie Street in June 2014
Australian Bus Manufacturing 160 bodied MAN NL202 CNG on Currie Street in June 2014

On 23 April 2000 Torrens Transit commenced 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 commenced operating the North-South and Outer North East contracts that had previously been run by Serco.[4][5]

In July 2011 Torrens Transit commenced operating a new eight-year East-West contract with an optional four-year extension exercisable if performance criteria is met.[6] However 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]

On 10 November 2014, Torrens Transit commenced operating a new service between the CBD and Adelaide Airport with a double deck Bustech CDi.[12]


As at January 2015, the fleet consisted of 332 buses.[13] Buses are painted in Adelaide Metro livery. Torrens Transit inherited a fleet of Dennis Dart, MAN NL202, MAN SL202, Volvo B58 articulated and Volvo B59s from TransAdelaide.[14]


Torrens Transit operate four depots in Camden Park, Mile End, Newton, Port Adelaide.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Adelaide Bus Tendering Results Announced" Australian Bus Panorama 15/4 February 2000 page 21
  2. ^ "Adelaide Bus Tendering Results" Australian Bus Panorama 15/5 April 2000 page 29
  3. ^ Competitive Tendering for Bus Services 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 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 Transfield Services 29 April 2011
  8. ^ Bus firm vows jobs safe under contract changes ABC News 29 April 2011
  9. ^ Bus company Transfield stripped of eight routes and fined for being late Adelaide Advertiser 24 April 2013
  10. ^ Bus company stripped of routes ABC News 25 April 2013
  11. ^ SA operator forfeits routes due to poor performance 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. ^ a b Torrens Transit Bus Australia
  14. ^ "Adelaide Contractors" Australian Bus Panorama 16/3 December 2000 pages 54-56

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