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All Other Victorian Bus Observations 2019

Postby BroadGauge » Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:41 am

New year, new thread, new things to report. The usual creator of these threads is away on a cruise ship, so I thought I'd jump in and create these ;)
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Re: All Other Victorian Bus Observations 2019

Postby boronia » Sat Jan 19, 2019 1:25 pm

The Sydney Classic and Antique Truck (and Bus) Show
On again June 2019
@ The Museum of Fire.
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Re: All Other Victorian Bus Observations 2019

Postby Mitch » Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:57 pm

Spotted tonight that Carbridge #18 (MAN 18.310, King Long “6122 AU) is now down in Melbourne. Still retaining the QLD plates (173VSS) but is in Qantas colours.

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Re: All Other Victorian Bus Observations 2019

Postby BroadGauge » Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:52 pm

Transit Systems are taking over the operations of Sita, effective as of next week:

BCSV wrote:It has been confirmed with Cos Sita that ownership of the Sita Coaches business will transfer to the shareholders of Transit Systems as of early next week (it was meant to be today but a few last minute PTV issues have delayed it by a few days). Sita signed a 10 year contract with the PTV last year.

The Society would like to extend a big thank you to Cos and his family for the support they have provided to the Society over the years. This support of the Society started with his father George way back in the late 60s when the Society was first formed.

The Society is also happy to see a successful Australian owned company in Transit Systems take control of the business. Cos' son Joseph will manage the business and all staff will have continuing employment with the new owner. We wish Cos all the best after many successful years in the bus and coach industry.
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Re: All Other Victorian Bus Observations 2019

Postby timmy1966 » Sun Mar 03, 2019 10:59 am

This is only the Sunshine depot and routes,not the Kastoria/Mitchell transit side of the business is this correct?Also does this mean that we may see route changes and so on.
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Re: All Other Victorian Bus Observations 2019

Postby Mitch » Sun Mar 03, 2019 11:36 pm

IIRC, the Nothern Transit Group (Kastoria, Broady/Nationwide and Seymour) is owned by a different Sita brother and is a different company entirely. So it won’t be affected by the Sita takeover.

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Re: All Other Victorian Bus Observations 2019

Postby timmy1966 » Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:32 am

Thanks for that Mitch,are we likely to see any significant changes as a result of this takeover?Also i have heard/seen reports of another major announcement due shortly regarding another major player in the Melbourne bus industry...another takeover perhaps?
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Re: All Other Victorian Bus Observations 2019

Postby Craig » Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:35 am

timmy1966 wrote:This is only the Sunshine depot and routes,not the Kastoria/Mitchell transit side of the business is this correct?Also does this mean that we may see route changes and so on.


Other than the fact route changes would generally still need to come from Transport for Victoria, past takeovers generally have seen little changes to routes in the short to medium term (the US takeover allowing 688 to be extended to Upper FTG being a notable exception). With Transit Systems only operating Sita and no other operators in Melbourne, I am not sure what you'd expect to change, even with the new contracts. Might have been a different story if CDC took them over, given the overlaps in several western suburbs.

Sita's Brimbank area routes were overhauled in mid-2014 (420, 422, 427 & 428 the result) so I'd doubt those would be changing again too soon. However, the Melton network is rather overdue for a refresh & extension, the existing network has not changed since September 2010 despite the continual addition of new estates! :shock:

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Re: All Other Victorian Bus Observations 2019

Postby timmy1966 » Thu Mar 07, 2019 5:15 am

Thanks Craig, any news on the other takeover/major announcement that i have heard about?
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Re: All Other Victorian Bus Observations 2019

Postby 1whoknows » Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:36 am

The other one had not yet been inked as of 3 days ago.
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Re: All Other Victorian Bus Observations 2019

Postby busrider » Sat Mar 09, 2019 8:44 pm

Not really news in this thread at least, but Transit Systems has confirmed their acquisition of Sita: https://www.transitsystems.com.au/victo ... nformation
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Re: All Other Victorian Bus Observations 2019

Postby normie » Mon Apr 01, 2019 3:13 pm

McHarrys are planning to take industrial action on Wednesday 3rd April 2019. Routes affected will be 19, 30, 31, 32, 40, 41, 42, 50, 51, 55, 56, 60, 61 (Routes run to and from Geelong station). They will also not be running school services on Wednesday 3rd April 2019.
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Re: All Other Victorian Bus Observations 2019

Postby normie » Tue Apr 02, 2019 12:11 pm

normie wrote:McHarrys are planning to take industrial action on Wednesday 3rd April 2019.

Industrial action has been called off, with negotiations with relevant parties to take place on Friday.
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Re: All Other Victorian Bus Observations 2019

Postby B2.2027 » Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:10 am

Sita have a new bus in service, numbered 148 and in PTV livery. Sighted it on the 453 yesterday afternoon.
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