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Re: Custom Bus Closes doors

Postby Swift » Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:03 pm

...and make a quick diversion to Port Botany terminal
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Re: Custom Bus Closes doors

Postby boronia » Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:09 pm

Drop them off at yennora on the way through
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Re: Custom Bus Closes doors

Postby TA3001 » Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:15 pm

Swift wrote:Maybe they can reopen the old Dunheved branch to distribute the completed buses by rail. :P


Would I be correct in assuming that these buses are top quality in every aspect, sounding like Volvo B58s, with no interior flaws whatsoever?
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Re: Custom Bus Closes doors

Postby Swift » Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:24 pm

TA3001 wrote:
Swift wrote:Maybe they can reopen the old Dunheved branch to distribute the completed buses by rail. :P


Would I be correct in assuming that these buses are top quality in every aspect, sounding like Volvo B58s, with no interior flaws whatsoever?

They haven't built it yet. We'll wait and see how quality goes from these new buses from this new plant.
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Re: Custom Bus Closes doors

Postby Daniel » Fri Apr 13, 2018 5:51 am

Fleet Lists wrote:Read the article which makes it obvious that there are costs reasons
"We had to cut overheads and so we had to move out of the Villawood premises," explained Dunn. "The new St Mary's location is the same size as Villawood, give or take a square metre or so," he added.

To bring us back to topic. The real difference in the two premises is the substantial reduction in office and administration floor area - which provides a big difference in overheads.
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Re: Custom Bus Closes doors

Postby Swift » Fri Apr 13, 2018 8:15 am

So serves as an opportunity of a new slate in the way they structure the business.
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Re: Custom Bus Closes doors

Postby 1whoknows » Fri Apr 13, 2018 3:30 pm

The acid test will of course be how many old customers return or new ones can be attracted. It has basically gone down twice, a third time would likely be terminal. Let us wish them luck.
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Re: Custom Bus Closes doors

Postby Swift » Fri Apr 13, 2018 4:48 pm

Are any retrenched staff going to be offered positions, should they want it?
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Re: Custom Bus Closes doors

Postby Fleet Lists » Fri Apr 13, 2018 4:54 pm

Read the latest article for that information.
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Re: Custom Bus Closes doors

Postby boronia » Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:13 pm

The articles so far refer to custom being "acquired by Telfords" (with references to the Dunn Group).

I don't know how their hierarchy works, but I'm more inclined to think that it would have been acquired by the Dunn Group, and would be run at arms length from the Telford operation?
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Re: Custom Bus Closes doors

Postby Linto63 » Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:36 pm

Would expect the corporate structure to have both Custom and Telford as subsidiaries of the Dunn Group in the UK. Although owner Scott Dunn is (or at least was) based in Sydney, so operationally Custom may report into Telfords.

All of the Custom bodied vehicles in the Telford fleet are ex demonstrators or second-hand, so a long time if ever that they placed an order with Custom, having largely bought overseas bodied vehicles in recent years.
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Re: Custom Bus Closes doors

Postby Fleet Lists » Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:39 pm

boronia wrote:The articles so far refer to custom being "acquired by Telfords" (with references to the Dunn Group).

I don't know how their hierarchy works, but I'm more inclined to think that it would have been acquired by the Dunn Group, and would be run at arms length from the Telford operation?

Yes I would think that is the case. That is the way Wiki has been updated
"In March 2018 Custom Bus was taken over by the Dunn Group which also operates Telford's Bus & Coach and as from 7th May 2018 will relocate to Vallance St, St Mary's. "
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Re: Custom Bus Closes doors

Postby BW44YS » Sat Apr 21, 2018 12:50 pm

Was In Dunheaved Yesterday There is 3 buses that look almost complete in a yard so may have already started up again
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Re: Custom Bus Closes and its future

Postby 1whoknows » Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:21 am

Those three are probably ones that were part complete at the old factory and have been moved across to be finished.
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Re: Custom Bus Closes and its future

Postby tonyp » Wed May 02, 2018 7:29 am

I see from the property news that Custom Bus Asset Management PL has taken an 8 year lease on the St Marys site.
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