CDC AUSTRALIA EXPANDS REGIONAL NSW BUS FOOTPRINT

By: Fabian Cotter, Photography by: courtesy CDC Australia


IN A MOVE that ‘strengthens the quality of services it can deliver in regional Australia’, ComfortDelGro Corporation Australia (CDC) has purchased NSW school-bus operator KA & VK Stubbs Pty Ltd for use in the Narrabri region, it announced recently.

CDC AUSTRALIA EXPANDS REGIONAL NSW BUS FOOTPRINT
One of the Forest buses at Narrabri, which the five KA & VK Stubbs Pty Ltd buses will be joining, following CDC Australia's purchase.

The purchased assets comprise five buses and a Rural and Regional Bus Service Contract of three school routes in Narrabri, which from October, 2021, CDC combined with its existing operations - bringing the fleet to a total of 21 buses in the Narrabri – approximately 475km west of Coffs Harbour - and Wee Waa areas, it confirms.

ComfortDelGro Australia’s Regional Australia Division CEO Tony Hopkins says he is pleased to be increasing CDC’s service commitment to the region.

"Since we entered the Australian market in 2005, we have shown our dedication to linking people, places and communities in both regional and metropolitan Australia through our bus services," Hopkins said.

"The contract acquisition is a small but meaningful addition to our operations, which will strengthen the quality of services that we can deliver in regional Australia and to the communities in Narrabri and Wee Waa.

"CDC’s increased presence in the region will mean that more customers are benefitting from the experience and resources of one of Australia’s largest bus operators.

"As shown in our existing bus regions around Australia, CDC ownership opens the way for a rollout of advanced on-board technologies, which provide an improved customer experience and higher levels of safety," Hopkins explained.

"We are also focused on working well with groups in the community – as seen in our involvement with sleepbus and Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation – and providing meaningful employment opportunities in the communities in which we operate," he said.

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FLEET INCREASE

The KA & VK Stubbs Pty Ltd contract acquisition brings CDC Australia’s total bus fleet size in regional New South Wales to more than 275 buses, with the total number of buses operated in Australia increasing close to 2500, CDC confirms.

CDC currently operates in six states and territories in Australia: New South Wales, Victoria, the Australia Capital Territory, Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia, it states.

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ABOUT CDC AUSTRALIA

ComfortDelGro Corporation Australia (CDC) is one of the largest land transport operators in Australia, it says. Its parent company is ComfortDelGro Corporation Limited, a global transportation company listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange and is one of the world’s largest land transport companies, it adds.

The ComfortDelGro Group’s operations extend from the United Kingdom, Singapore and Ireland to Australia, Vietnam, Malaysia, and China, with a combined fleet of over 40,000 vehicles, it states.

In Australia, the ComfortDelGro Group has steadily grown since 2005 and today it operates in six states and territories, it confirms.

CDC Australia operates public and charter bus services in New South Wales, Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory and Queensland. Other ComfortDelGro businesses include a taxi network service provider (Swan Taxis) based in Perth, non-emergency patient transport services (National Patient Transport) in Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia and an outdoor advertising company (Moove Media) based in Victoria and New South Wales.

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