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Go Bus completes purchase of Christchurch Bus Services
30/11/2010

Tuesday 30 November 2010

 

GO BUS COMPLETES PURCHASE OF CHRISTCHURCH BUS SERVICES

 

Go Bus Transport has today completed the purchase of Christchurch Bus Services

(CBS), taking full possession of the business from 1 December 2010.

 

Go Bus Commercial Director, Craig Worth, said that he was pleased to have

finally completed the transaction and was looking forward to the challenges ahead

to improve the performance of the business and lift the standard of the fleet.

 

“We are very much aware of the vehicle issues experienced over the last couple

of weeks and the frustration from passengers who have had to put up with sub

standard buses and missed trips. We have a large team of experienced workshop

and operations staff already in place and will be working extremely hard over the

coming weeks to restore faith in the services provided.”

 

Go Bus had previously taken control of the contract for delivery of the 26 new

buses ordered by CBS which had been delayed due to flooding in China. All but

one of these vehicles are now in Christchurch and are being deployed for service

as quickly as possible this week.

 

Craig Worth said “It was vital to get these vehicles on the road as quickly as

possible so we took on that responsibility some time ago and have been doing

everything we can to ensure the vehicles arrived in the country and were then

readied for service. We have already got 10 of the new buses on the road ahead

of our takeover of the business and expect to have all 25 new buses fully

operational by the end of the week. The last of the 26 buses ordered will not be

here until the end of the month due to accident damage in transit, but this will

not impact services.”

 

As part of the integration of the business Go Bus will also be implementing its

standard operating systems and processes which include computerised

monitoring of all vehicle movements, service schedules, COF’s and defects, to

ensure the fleet quality is maintained at all times.

 

“We will be monitoring the fleet very closely and doing a lot of work in

conjunction with the existing team to understand why missed trips in particular

have been occurring, so that we can remedy any problems and deliver a reliable

service at all times.” Mr Worth said.

 

Go Bus Transport operates a fleet of over 650 vehicles and employs over 700 staff in the

North Island of New Zealand. Go Bus specialises in Urban, School, Charter, Special Events

and currently operates the Urban bus services in Hamilton, Tauranga and Napier Hastings.

Go Bus is an accredited AS/NZS ISO9001:2008 organisation.

 

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For further information contact

Craig Worth, Commercial Director

Ph: 021 925512