Friday, July 6, 2007

The Yellow Bus Road ... #46

Our Wellington buses have been going through a "makeover"

Recent Bus History
Wellington buses, white with the orange, red, blue waist stripe, were operated by Stagecoach New Zealand which was part of the British Stagecoach Group. They began operations when the firm acquired the Auckland and Hutt Valley suburban bus operations of the New Zealand Railways Road Services, then branded CityLine, in the 1990s.

In 1992 Stagecoach expanded Wellington operations by purchasing Wellington City Transport, the largest bus operator in Wellington, from the Wellington City Coucil, and then greatly expanded its Auckland operations in 1998 by purchasing Transportation Auckland Corporation (trading as The Yellow Bus Company) from the Auckland Regional Council.

NZ Bus is owned by infrastructure investment company Infratil, which bought the firm from Stagecoach in November 2005. The Stagecoach Group has agreed to let Infratil use the name and livery for five years from the sale. In November 2006, Infratil announced that Stagecoach Wellington services would begin operating under the new GOWellington brand from early 2007, with updated yellow and black livery ... very Wellington !!!

1 comment:

Wellington Commuter said...

Hi, This is a cool photo. Could I use it on a blog Post about buses?