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Hillsbus is an Australian bus operator who operates bus services in the Hills District of Sydney. Founded in 2004 when National Express merged its Glenorie Bus Company and Westbus (Hills District only) subsidiaries, it is today part of ComfortDelGro Australia.

Hillsbus
Hillsbus logo.jpg
Transport NSW liveried (mo 6055), operated by Hillsbus, Volgren 'CR228L' bodied Volvo B7RLE at Castle Hill Interchange.jpg
Hillsbus Volgren bodied Volvo B7RLE at Castle Hill bus interchange in July 2013
ParentComfortDelGro Australia
FoundedFebruary 2002 (brand)
December 2004 (company)
Service areaHills District
Service typeBus services
DepotsSeven Hills
Foundry Road (Seven Hills)
Dural
Northmead
Websitewww.cdcbus.com.au/hillsbus

HistoryEdit

 
Hillsbus Custom Coaches bodied Mercedes-Benz O405 Mk II on Clarence Street, Sydney CBD painted in Westbus cream & red in October 2007
 
Hillsbus Volgren bodied Scania K230UB at Castle Hill bus interchange in July 2013
 
Bustech CDI double-decker in Transport for NSW livery at Castle Hill interchange
 
Metrobus liveried Hillsbus Volgren CR228L bodied Volvo B7RLE at Castle Hill bus interchange in July 2013

First use of the Hillsbus nameEdit

In 1996 Westbus established a separate Hillsbus brand to run express services from the Hills District to the Sydney CBD and North Sydney, initially via the Anzac Bridge and from 1997 via the M2 Hills Motorway.[1] However the Hillsbus brand seemed to have disappeared by the 2000s as these services were classified as Westbus rather than Hillsbus in early versions of the Westbus website.[2] These Westbus services, however, are still referred to by Westbus as "Hills City Express".[3]

Current entityEdit

On 11 February 2002, Hillsbus was revived as a joint venture between Westbus and National Express' newly acquired Glenorie Bus Company, and introduced a new bus route 642 under the Hillsbus brand.[4] This service linked Dural and the City via the M2 and was therefore known as a "M2 City" express service. On 8 July the same year, Hillsbus introduced three more M2 City routes 650, 652 and 654.[5][6] According to the Hillsbus timetables, these Hillsbus services were operated by Glenorie,[7] even though neither Westbus nor Glenorie buses were used.[5][8]

In December 2004, all Westbus routes operating out of Northmead and Seven Hills depots, as well as the rest of Glenorie Bus Company, were rebranded Hillsbus.[9] At the same time, Hillsbus took over the operation of Harris Park Transport routes 620 - 630, following the latter ceasing operation. The services were transferred from Hillsbus to Sydney Buses on 28 January 2005.[10] On 25 September 2005, after the purchase of Hillsbus by ComfortDelgro Cabcharge, routes 620, 625, 626, 627 and 630 were transferred back to Hillsbus.[11]

Despite the rebranding to Hillsbus, the new Hillsbus website was only launched in January 2006, about a year after the rebranding.[12] The delay could be related to the debt of Westbus and was only resolved after the sale of Westbus and Hillsbus to CDC. After the launch of the new website, it still did not show any timetables of the former Glenorie-operated timetables until May/June 2006, and during this period, customers were asked to check the Glenorie website instead.[13]

When the Parramatta - Rouse Hill section of the North-West T-way opened on 10 March 2007, routes 730 (renumbered T63) and 735 (renumbered 616, now 616X) were transferred from Busways to Hillsbus with route 718 transferred from Hillsbus to Busways.[14]

On 30 June 2014, the Opal card was rolled out on all of Hillsbus' NightRide and Region 4 routes (including school services).[15][16]

On 28 July 2019, as part of the Sydney Metro Northwest opening in May, bus routes in the Hills District were reorganised, with some services rerouted to stop at various Sydney Metro stations.[17][18]

RoutesEdit

Since 2005 Hillsbus' services have formed Sydney Bus Region 4.[19] In August 2013 Hillsbus successfully tendered to operate the Region 4 services for another five years from August 2014.[20][21]

Hillsbus operates the following services:

Hillsbus also used to operate Station Link services (SLx series) between September 2018 and May 2019, while the Epping to Chatswood rail link was closed for upgrading and conversion to Sydney Metro Northwest. It was a predecessor to North West Night Bus, stopping at Epping, Chatswood,Macquarie Park, Eastwood, Macquarie University, Beecroft and St Leonards stations. Like the North West Night Bus, it was jointly operated with Transdev NSW.[24]

FleetEdit

As of November 2019, Hillsbus operates 638 buses across four depots Seven Hills, Foundry Road (Seven Hills), Dural and Northmead.[25] Hillsbus also operated 62 buses at the Camellia depot designated for Station Link between September 2018 and May 2019, but they have since been moved to other Hillsbus, Hunter Valley Buses and Blue Mountains Transit depots after the cessation of Station Link.

Prior to 2010, Hillsbus adopted Westbus' new plain yellow livery. With the introduction of Metrobus routes, the Metrobus livery was applied to new buses dedicated to Metrobus operations. In 2010, the Transport for NSW white and blue livery began to be applied on new buses and repainted buses. Fleet dedicated for Station Link also carried the Transport for NSW livery but with "Station Link" labels and a pink body front. Most of the Station Link fleet have had the labels and pink front removed after the cessation of Station Link.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Second City Private Service Starts" Australian Bus Panorama issue 11/9 June 1996 page 25
  2. ^ Westbus Weekdays Timetables April 2001, Retrieved 10 July 2014[dead link]
  3. ^ Westbus Website - History September 2002, Retrieved 4 August 2015
  4. ^ M2 City Express Service, Glenorie Bus Company, Published 2002, Retrieved 10 July 2014
  5. ^ a b Hillsbus Home Page August 2002, Retrieved 10 July 2014
  6. ^ M2 Services Doubled With Introduction of West Pennant Hills Valley Services, Hillsbus, Published 2002, Retrieved 10 July 2014
  7. ^ M2 Bus Map July 2004, Glenorie Bus Company,Retrieved 10 July 2014
  8. ^ National Express Annual Report 2001 Page 7 Archived 14 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved 10 July 2014
  9. ^ Hillsbus Home Page September 2007 Hillsbus
  10. ^ Cessation of some Hillsbus services, Published January 2005, Retrieved 10 July 2014
  11. ^ Harris Park Transport Australian Bus Fleet Lists
  12. ^ Hillsbus Home Page January 2006, Retrieved 10 July 2014
  13. ^ Hillsbus Timetables May 2006, Retrieved 10 July 2014
  14. ^ Improved bus services in the Blacktown region Busways 27 February 2007
  15. ^ "Opal rolls out to almost 600 buses in Sydney's North West as free trips hit 4 million". Archived from the original on 23 June 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
  16. ^ Opal extends to all CDC Hillsbus routes from 30 June Archived 2 July 2014 at the Wayback Machine, Transport Info NSW, Retrieved 23 June 2014
  17. ^ Bus service adjustments in Sydney’s North West Transport for NSW 3 July 2019
  18. ^ Service adjustments from 28 July Transport for NSW
  19. ^ Region 4 Archived 25 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine Transport NSW
  20. ^ More than 60 new buses and improved customer service with new bus contracts Transport for NSW 29 August 2013
  21. ^ Annual Report 2013 page 4 Archived 5 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine Cabcharge
  22. ^ "NW1 Timetable - May 2019" (PDF). Transport Info NSW. Archived (PDF) from the original on 5 May 2019. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  23. ^ "NW2 Timetable - May 2019" (PDF). Transport Info NSW. Archived (PDF) from the original on 5 May 2019. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  24. ^ "Upgrade of the Epping to Chatswood line - Station Link bus services" (PDF). MySydney - NSW Government. Archived (PDF) from the original on 8 June 2018. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  25. ^ CDC Group Australian Bus Fleetlists

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