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Benders Busways

Benders Busways
Mercedes-Benz O405
Parent CDC Victoria
Service area Geelong
Service type Bus operator
Fleet 87 (June 2013)
Website www.cdcvictoria.com.au

Benders Busways is an Australian bus company in Geelong operating routes under the Geelong Transit System umbrella, as well as charter work, and is part of the ComfortDelGro Cabcharge group.

History

Benders Busways was formed by Ernest and Aimee Bender in 1926. The first route ran from Geelong to Chilwell, and in 1931 a second route commenced from the Geelong Post Office to the corner of Minerva Road and Aberdeen Street in Geelong West.

The closure of the Geelong tram system in 1956 saw Benders win the contract to serve the tram routes with buses. Eighteen new buses were purchased to run the increased number of services.

In 1987 Benders purchased I.J. Cook & Son. In June 2000 the Bender family sold out to the Kefford Corporation.[1] In February 2009 Benders was included in the sale of the Kefford Corporation to ComfortDelGro Cabcharge.[2]

Livery

When the Geelong Transit System was first introduced in 1983,[3] buses operated by Benders on route services were painted in the blue stripe and white Geelong Transit System (GTS) livery. However the contact with the state government requiring Benders to use the GTS livery on its urban route buses expired in 2000, and under the subsequent contract the company's buses have all reverted to Benders' former white and green livery.

Routes

Route Route Details
10 Geelong City to Rosewall
11 Geelong City to Corio via North Shore
12 Geelong City to Lara
14 Geelong City to Deakin University via Waurn Ponds
15 Geelong City to Waurn Ponds via Belmont
16 Geelong City to Deakin University via Highton
17 Geelong City to Waurn Ponds via Belmont East
18 Geelong City to Deakin University (express route)
30 Geelong City to Corio via Thompsons Road
34 Geelong City to Buckley Falls
35 Geelong City to Newtown via Pakington (circular clockwise route)
36 Geelong City to Newtown via Aberdeen (circular anti-clockwise route)
50 Geelong City to Hamlyn Heights via Herne Hill and McCurdy Road
51 Geelong City to Hamlyn Heights via Herne Hill and Minerva Road
55 Geelong City to Newcomb

Fleet

As at June 2013 the fleet consisted of 87 buses and coaches.[4]

References

External links

  • Benders Busways official website (CDC Victoria)
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