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CDC NSW

CDC NSW
Volgren bodied Scania K94UB in February 2024
ParentComfortDelGro Australia
Founded2005 (operations)
2017 (brand)
2019 (company)
Headquarters29 Foundry Road[1]
Seven Hills, New South Wales
93 Lee Holm Road[2]
St Marys , New South Wales
Service areaSydney
Blue Mountains
Hunter Region
Southern Tablelands
Mid North Coast
North West Slopes
Service typeBus operator
OperatorHunter Valley Buses
Forest Coach Lines
Blue Mountains Transit
CDC Broken Hill
CDC Canberra
Chief executiveDavid Mead[3]
Websitecdcbus.com.au

CDC NSW is a bus operator in New South Wales, Australia. It is an umbrella brand of ComfortDelGro Australia established in 2017 to cover the latter's New South Wales operations, some of which had been owned by ComfortDelGro since 2005. It was subsequently established as a legal entity (company) in 2019.[4] Beginning from 2023, its Hillsbus, Forest Coach Lines (Sydney only) and Blanch's Bus Company brands were phased out in favour of the CDC NSW brand.

The CDC NSW operations do not include CDC Broken Hill, even though the operation is located in New South Wales. Together with CDC Mildura, they are managed by CDC Victoria.[5] However, CDC NSW includes CDC Canberra, which is actually based in the neighbouring New South Wales city of Queanbeyan despite its name.

History

In 2016, Singaporean company ComfortDelGro bought out ComfortDelGro Cabcharge from its joint venture partner Cabcharge and renamed the company to ComfortDelGro Australia. The CDC NSW brand began to appear in early 2017 as an umbrella branding of ComfortDelGro Australia's operations in New South Wales, which at the time consisted of Hillsbus, Blue Mountains Transit, Hunter Valley Buses, QCity Transit, Transborder Express and Charterplus. The logo was introduced on its website in April 2017.[6]

In following few years since, ComfortDelGro Australia acquired a number of bus companies in Australia, some in New South Wales such as Forest Coach Lines. However, until 2023, the majority of the New South Wales operations were not rebranded, unlike its Victorian counterparts which had been rebranded to CDC in 2014.

CDC NSW became the largest commuter bus operator in 2018/2019, with the acquisition of Forest Coach Lines, Coastal Liner and Blanch's Bus Company in that period.[7]

In March 2022, ComfortDelGro Australia announced it intended to rebrand all of its operations in New South Wales under the CDC NSW brand.[8][9] Following it successfully tendering to continue operating regions 4 and 14 in Sydney, ComfortDelGro Australia announced that its Forest Coach Lines (Sydney only) and Hillsbus subsidiaries would both be rebranded when the new contracts commence in April and May 2023.[10][11][12] This was followed by the rebranding of Blanch's Bus Company and Brunswick Valley Coaches on 29 January 2024.[13]

Operations

Volgren bodied Volvo B7RLE (still in Metrobus livery) in December 2023
A Bustech CDi at Blacktown station

Within Sydney, CDC NSW operates bus services in two bus regions:

In November 2022, it was announced that CDC NSW retained Regions 4 and 14, including Region 12 which was consolidated into Region 14. The Hillsbus and Forest Coach Lines (only the Sydney operations) brands were phased out in favour of the CDC NSW brand, with the new contracts for Regions 4 and 14 commencing in April and May 2023 respectively.[10][11] As a result of Region 12 consolidating into Region 14, CDC NSW also took over services from Transdev NSW.

CDC NSW operates the following services:

As of December 2023, CDC NSW in Sydney (excluding CDC Charter's St Mary's depot) operates 796 buses across seven depots:[1][14]

  • Foundry Road in Seven Hills – Head Office of CDC NSW – 193 buses
  • Dural (D) – 179 buses
  • Northmead (N) – 133 buses
  • Hartley Road in Seven Hills - another depot also in Seven Hills, smaller than Foundry Road depot - 33 buses
  • Terrey Hills and Cromer depots - 151 buses
  • Mount Kuring-gai - 107 buses

Outside of Sydney, CDC NSW also operates scheduled route, school bus and coach services in Northern NSW out of depots in Ballina and Billinudgel. Its service areas include Ballina, Lennox Head, Byron Bay and Mullumbimby.

Other operations

The following CDC NSW operations have their own separate branding or name.

Hunter Valley Buses

Hunter Valley Buses is a bus operator who operates bus, coach and charter services in the Central Coast and Hunter regions of New South Wales. Previously known as Blue Ribbon, it was one of the first companies to be bought by ComfortDelGro Cabcharge in 2005. Since 2008, Hunter Valley Buses' services have formed Outer Sydney Metropolitan Bus Regions 2 and 4.[15] In August 2018, its service area expanded to include Outer Sydney Metropolitan Bus Region 11 after the purchase of Coastal Liner.

CDC Charter

CDC Charter Volgren Mercedes-Benz OC 500 LE

CDC Charter is CDC's bus charter division for its Sydney and Blue Mountains operations.[16] Initially established as Charterplus in 2008 to centralise the charter operations between the Hillsbus depots, this was expanded to the Westbus depots in 2009.[17] It organises charters for the CDC group, CDC rail bus workings, as well as CDC's special event commitments. Charterplus was renamed CDC Travel in November 2018. Originally based at Bonnyrigg, all Sydney CDC Charter vehicles are now based at the St Marys depot with some vehicles based in the Blue Mountains. In early 2023, CDC Travel was renamed CDC Charter.

As of December 2023, CDC Charter operates 68 buses transferred from both the New South Wales and Victorian operations.[14]

Blue Mountains Transit

Blue Mountains Transit Volgren bodied Volvo B7RLE in Katoomba

In August 2014, CDC purchased Blue Mountains Bus Company with 101 buses.[18][19] It operated depots in Emu Plains, Leura and Valley Heights.[20] Founded in 1951 as Pearce Omnibus, it operated services in the lower Blue Mountains. In 1999, it expanded with the purchase of Katoomba-Leura Bus Service, followed in 2002 by Blue Mountains Bus Co. On 1 December 2014, CDC formally took over the operations of Blue Mountains Bus Company and rebranded it as Blue Mountains Transit.

Blue Mountains Transit now operates 77 buses as of December 2023, across the same 3 depots, which includes the additions of 14 ex-StationLink buses in July 2019.[21]

CDC Canberra

In September 2012, CDC purchased Deane's Transit Group which comprised Deane's Buslines which operates local services in Queanbeyan and into Canberra, and Transborder Express which runs services between Yass, Murrumbateman, Hall and Canberra. Both brands also operate school services within their service region. On 8 July 2013, Deane's Buslines was rebranded as Qcity Transit.

In January 2023, Qcity Transit and Transborder Express were rebranded as CDC Canberra.[22]

As of December 2023, the CDC Canberra fleet consists of 157 buses.[23]

Forest Coach Lines

Forest Coach Lines is a bus and coach operator which operates in the Mid North Coast, and North West Slopes regions in New South Wales. Until 2023, Forest Coach Lines also operated buses in the Northern Suburbs of Sydney in Sydney Bus Region 14, with the branding phased out and replaced by the CDC NSW brand.[10][11] Forest Coach Lines was acquired by ComfortDelGro in August 2018.[24][25]

In October 2021, CDC merged its newly acquired school bus business from KA & VK Stubbs Pty Ltd into its Forest Coach Lines business in Narrabri and Wee Waa.[26]

Former operations

While CDC NSW was only established in 2017, Westbus and Hillsbus were two of the first three New South Wales bus companies to be acquired by ComfortDelgro Cabcharge in 2005.

Westbus

Westbus Volgren bodied Volvo B7RLE at Sydney Olympic Park in March 2013

Westbus was a bus operator who operated bus services in Western Sydney. It was one of the first companies to be bought by ComfortDelGro Cabcharge in 2005. Until its cessation, Westbus' services were part of Sydney Bus Regions 1 and 3.[27][28] In 2012, these regions were put out to tender by Transport for NSW. Westbus' bids to retain both regions were not successful, with the Region 1 services operating out of St Marys and Windsor passing to Busways, while the Region 3 services operated by Bonnyrigg and Girraween passing to Transit Systems Sydney, both in October 2013.[29][30][31] As a result, Westbus ceased to operate routes, with remaining bus fleet transferred to other ComfortDelGro Cabcharge subsidiaries.

Hillsbus

Hillsbus Volgren bodied Volvo B7RLE in January 2021

Hillsbus was a bus operator which operated bus services in the Hills District. It was one of the first companies to be bought by ComfortDelGro Cabcharge in 2005.[32] In August 2013, Hillsbus successfully tendered to operate the Region 4 services for another five years from August 2014.[33][34] The Hillsbus brand was phased out and replaced by the CDC NSW brand in 2023.

Blanch's Bus Company

Blanch's Bus Company, established in 1976, operated scheduled route and school bus services in the Ballina, Lennox Head, Byron Bay and Mullumbimby areas of Northern NSW out of depots in Ballina and Billinudgel. Since 2010, it also owned Brunswick Valley Coaches, while retaining the latter's brand.[35]

Blanch's Bus Company and Brunswick Valley Coaches were acquired by ComfortDelGro in April 2019.[36] Both brands were phased out and replaced by the CDC NSW brand in January 2024.

As of December 2023, the fleet consisted of 46 buses.

References

  1. ^ a b "Head Office and Depots". CDC NSW. Archived from the original on 15 May 2023. Retrieved 31 August 2023.
  2. ^ "Contact us". ComfortDelGro Australia. Retrieved 31 August 2023.
  3. ^ "ComfortDelGro Australia Announces Leadership Changes". ComfortDelGro Australia. 27 June 2023. Retrieved 31 August 2023.
  4. ^ "Historical details for ABN 92 054 096 892". ABN Lookup. Archived from the original on 3 February 2023. Retrieved 3 February 2023.
  5. ^ "CDC Victoria - Unite! Newsletter - January 2022" (PDF). CDC Victoria. January 2022. Archived (PDF) from the original on 3 March 2022. Retrieved 4 March 2022.
  6. ^ "CDC NSW". 2017. Archived from the original on 22 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Buslink Sunraysia & Broken Hill Officially Renamed CDC Mildura & CDC Broken Hill". CDC Victoria. 1 March 2020. Archived from the original on 3 February 2023. Retrieved 3 February 2023.
  8. ^ CDC's NSW operations to trade under one name Australian Bus issue 110 April 2022 page 7
  9. ^ CDC New South Wales Australian Bus Panorama issue 37/6 May 2022 page 42
  10. ^ a b c "ComfortDelGro Australia Group Wins Bid to Expand Bus Services in Sydney". CDC NSW. 7 November 2022. Archived from the original on 7 November 2022.
  11. ^ a b c "ComfortDelGro wins city bus contracts worth A$1.7b in Sydney". The Business Times Singapore. 7 November 2022. Archived from the original on 7 November 2022. Retrieved 14 November 2022.
  12. ^ "ComfortDelGro Australia wins bid to expand Sydney bus services". Australasian Bus & Coach. 9 November 2022. Archived from the original on 9 November 2022.
  13. ^ "Blanch's Bus Company and Brunswick Valley Coaches Brands To Become CDC NSW". CDC NSW. 29 January 2024. Retrieved 31 January 2024.
  14. ^ a b "CDC Group". Australian Bus Fleetlists. Archived from the original on 9 May 2019. Retrieved 26 June 2023.
  15. ^ Outer Metropolitan Sydney Bus Contract Regions 1, 2, 3 and 4 Archived 22 June 2014 at the Wayback Machine, NSW Government Transport and Infrastructure, Retrieved 8 July 2014
  16. ^ CDC Travel Archived 2022-01-26 at the Wayback Machine CDC NSW
  17. ^ "History & operations". CDC Victoria. Archived from the original on 20 March 2019. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  18. ^ Cabcharge buys bus company for $26.5 million Archived 2023-02-03 at the Wayback Machine Blue Mountains Gazette 13 August 2014
  19. ^ "Australia - Sydney, New South Wales". ComfortDelGro. Archived from the original on 3 November 2014. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  20. ^ Blue Mountains Bus Company Archived 2023-02-03 at the Wayback Machine Australian Bus Fleet Lists
  21. ^ CDC/Blue Mountains Transit Archived 2022-11-10 at the Wayback Machine Australian Bus Fleet Lists
  22. ^ "History". CDC Canberra. Archived from the original on 2022-12-28. Retrieved 2022-12-28.
  23. ^ Deane's Buslines Archived 2023-02-03 at the Wayback Machine Australian Bus Fleet Lists
  24. ^ "ComfortDelGro Deepens Footprint in Australia With Two Acquisitions Totalling A$134.45 Million". ComfortDelgro. 7 August 2018. Archived from the original on 8 August 2018. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  25. ^ "ComfortDelGro invests S$136.5m in Australian bus assets". Channel NewsAsia. 7 August 2018. Archived from the original on 7 August 2018. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  26. ^ "ComfortDelGro Australia Increases Presence in Regional NSW". ComfortDelGro Australia. 1 October 2021. Archived from the original on 2 October 2021. Retrieved 2 October 2021.
  27. ^ Region 1 Archived 25 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine Transport NSW
  28. ^ Region 3 Archived 25 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine Transport NSW
  29. ^ Cut costs or bus contracts will go to private sector, minister tells drivers Archived 2013-03-05 at the Wayback Machine Sydney Morning Herald 7 November 2012
  30. ^ Busways wins 300 bus contract in Western Sydney Archived 26 April 2013 at the Wayback Machine Busways 7 November 2012
  31. ^ Transit Systems awarded Sydney buses contract Archived 25 April 2013 at the Wayback Machine Transit Systems 7 November 2012
  32. ^ Region 4 Archived 25 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine Transport NSW
  33. ^ More than 60 new buses and improved customer service with new bus contracts Archived 2013-09-08 at the Wayback Machine Transport for NSW 29 August 2013
  34. ^ Annual Report 2013 page 4 Archived 5 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine Cabcharge
  35. ^ B&E Blanch Bus Lists of Australia
  36. ^ "Comfortdelgro Further Deepens Footprint in Australia With A$28.3 Million Bus Acquisition". ComfortDelGro. 23 April 2019. Archived from the original on 8 May 2019. Retrieved 8 May 2019.

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