By: Fabian Cotter, Photography by: courtesy Custom-Denning

NEW SOUTH WELSH bus operator Lyons Bus Service, Leeton, has received the first TfNSW Panel 3-approved Custom-Denning Adventurer coach on Mercedes-Benz 0500RF chassis, the companies confirm.

The Mercedes-Benz O500RF Euro 5 was the chassis of choice - and to complement the chassis the Custom Adventurer body was selected, according to the Lyons.

"You don’t realise how much of this bus is actually made right there on site, at their facility, in western Sydney of all places!" said current joint owner-operator  Richard Lyons.
"It is truly an Australian-made bus, and we wanted to support Australian made, so this further simplified our decision-making process.

"In 2020 we were invited to see the Custom-Denning facility in St Marys and we were extremely impressed by what we saw," he explained.

Lyons Bus Service,  Leeton - a family business with routes dating from 1976 - was originally owned and operated by patriarch Jim Lyons senior. The business provided much needed transport services to the quaint little town of Leeton and the extended Riverina region, and has done so for more than 45 years, it explains.
Throughout the years, the business was divvied up amongst the family  and in 2004 Richard and Melissa Lyons purchased the portion owned by Owen Lyons (Richard’s father).
Both Richard and Melissa Lyons  have continued trading under the name of Lyons Bus Service Pty Ltd, operating TfNSW government-funded school services, the company states.



In 2020, the Lyons were notified of pending bus replacement and commenced their journey on determining which chassis and body combination would suit their application, they explain. They required a bus that was rugged and sturdy enough for their region, but more importantly a product that is well supported, they say.

The Mercedes-Benz O500RF Euro 5 was the chassis of choice - and to complement the chassis the Custom Adventurer body was selected, according to the Lyons.
"We really wanted a high-end product with the aim of also supporting local industry. When making these decisions, there are a lot of factors that need to be considered, and one of these was relationship," said the pair when asked why they chose the Custom / Mercedes combination for supply of their new bus.




"Our relationship with Mercedes-Benz and Custom Bus was formed over many years, and although we hadn’t bought any buses during this time, we often saw Mick [Neskes] and Andrew McClelland … either helping the local operators with various concerns, or even dropping by to say G’day," Richard Lyons explained.

"They never forgot us! Seeing the level of support they offered to local operators spanning over these years, we felt comfortable dealing with Mick and Andrew.
"The professionalism shown by both parties in maintaining these relationships, their professionalism, and perseverance, and following up, has been consistent and second to none.

"This is echoed by many operators in this region, and one of the reasons why we stuck with them," he stated.


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