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Richies

PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2016 5:43 am
by LB608
Richies appear to have taken over Murphys,as I saw a bus sign written Richies Murphy,the bus is all white with yellow from the rear wheels back.

Re: Richies

PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2016 1:31 pm
by stadt80
It is a joint venture for the urban contracts won in South Auckland commencing Sunday 30th October. The units won by Ritchies/Murphy Buses were Manurewa, Papakura, Pukekohe and Waiuku which require over 50 Buses that will be operated out of the Murphy Buses Takanini Depot ( and probably another satellite depot in Pukekohe ). All Buses will be painted into the standard AT Metro livery.

Re: Richies

PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2016 4:15 am
by burrumbus
Thanks for the info stadt80.
So NZ Bus have lost 2 groups of routes.One to GOBUS,One to Ritchies/Murphys.
Are there any more changes you know of ?
Cheers .

Re: Richies

PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2016 5:55 am
by BusPlaneTrainTram
The entire Auckland network is being revised, in some cases the network will go to tender, in others, it is awarded to the incumbent.

This is the Auckland Transport site: https://at.govt.nz/projects-roadworks/n ... t-network/

NZ Bus was awarded the Hibiscus Coast area - north of Albany based on Orewa, along the Whangaparaoa Peninsula and to Waiwera. To my knowledge. no buses yet in AT Metro livery.

Ritchies will keep the Northern Express [as they have just added 18 double decker buses].

NZ Bus is likely to hold the CityLink and Inner Link, along with 881 [8 new double deckers soon due] and Mt Eden services [the new 15 double deckers of which 12 are on the road].

Howick and Eastern are likely to hold the mainline group notated as "55" in the planning document as they are usuing new double deckers on this frequent service.

The next services for allocation/tender are the West group [operation mid 2017].

Following will be North Shore, followed by Central and East. Each group details the results of consultation, the new network [where determined] and the timeline. Overall, a very structured process.

It is interesting to see operators already painting buses into AT Metro livery which suggests that they are sure that they will be offered some services. Birkenhead Transport has reliveried some buses, however, there is a campaign/petition to retain the livery. Urban Express has a few routes and one bus in AT Metro livery. NZ Bus is reliverying mainly ADLs [the newest] and some other buses - the oldest I have seen is a 2002 bus [1326].

Re: Richies

PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 9:55 pm
by stockportred
Auckland Transport announced their preferred choices for the 4 tendered x West Auckland Units [PTOM] on 16 September.

The Units and preferred tenderers are:

Unit 25 Titirangi (30 buses) - Ritchies Transport Holdings Ltd.
Unit 27 Te Atatu (37 buses) – Pavlovich Coachlines Ltd.
Unit 28 Ranui /Glen Eden (24 buses) – Pavlovich Coachlines Ltd.
Unit 29 Hobsonville (9 buses) – Pavlovich Coachlines Ltd.

You can obtain slightly more details using this link https://at.govt.nz/about-us/news-events ... est-buses/

The current main players out west, NZ Bus and Ritchies are understood to have secured services on negotiated price contracts on routes outside those list above.