GO Wellington

GO Wellington was the brand name of Wellington City Transport Ltd, the Wellington subsidiary of NZ Bus, in New Zealand. The company was branded Stagecoach Wellington by its previous owner, the Stagecoach Group. The current name and a new livery were announced in November 2006 by NZ Bus owner Infratil.

GO Wellington
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Bus in GO Wellington livery
ParentNZ Bus (Infratil)
LocaleNew Zealand
Service areaWellington
Service typePublic transport in Wellington
Fuel typeDiesel, electricity
Websitegowellingtonbus.co.nz

HistoryEdit

Wellington City Transport operated trams, buses, a cable car and trolley buses, tracing its history back to 1904. It built and operated the first municipal electric tramway system in New Zealand. Later the department acquired the cable car company.

 
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On 24 September 2008, a strike occurred between Go Wellington and the Wellington Tramways Union. Drivers went on strike between 7.30 am and 8.30 am, the middle of the morning rush hour. The dispute was escalated when the company moved to lock out its drivers, taking the company's 222 buses off the road the following day.[1] The lockout ended on 25 September when the union withdrew its strike notice. Union secretary Kevin O'Sullivan told The New Zealand Herald that the union's push for higher wages would continue.[2]

In April 2016, NZ Bus announced that it would repower several buses with Wrightspeed gas-turbine hybrid powertrains.[3]

From July 2018, all services in Wellington are operated under the Metlink brand and the GO Wellington brand has ceased to be used by NZ Bus. After losing the majority of its contracts in the area, the company still operates several routes, including two frequent services, out of its depots in Kaiwharawhara, Kilbirnie, and Karori.[4][5]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bus drivers' dispute widens". The Dominion Post. 24 September 2008. Archived from the original on 25 September 2008. ()
  2. ^ "Wellington buses back on the road". The New Zealand Herald. 25 September 2008. Archived from the original on 25 September 2008.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link) ()
  3. ^ New Zealand Adopts Wrightspeed Jet And Battery Power For Buses, Forbes 2016-04-22, viewed 2016-05-22
  4. ^ Harris, Catherine (5 May 2017). "NZ Bus jobs at risk as new operator wins Wellington contracts". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Bus operators". Metlink Wellington. Archived from the original on 18 August 2018. Retrieved 18 August 2018.

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