Premier Transport Group

The following list is of known buses both current and those previously operated by Premier Transport Group.

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Accreditation: Premier Motor Service Pty Ltd, Acc No. 34456, Unanderra &
Premier Charters Pty Ltd, Acc No. 40413 (former Green's vehicles only)
Previously Premier Ilawarra Pty Ltd, Acc No. 25481, Figtree
Depot Address/s: 155 Walker St, Helensburgh (Premier Charters & Hopkinson's Coaches)
154 Shoalhaven St, Kiama (Kiama Coaches)
10 Investigator St, South Nowra (Premier Shoalhaven & Premier Motor Service
Shellharbour Rd, Shellharbour (Premier Illawarra)
13-23 Investigator Drive, Unanderra (Premier Charters & Premier Illawarra)
Livery: Refer Livery Summary
School Runs:

Premier Transport Group originates from Nowra on the New South Wales South Coast, where operations commenced in December 1987 under the trading name Nowra Coaches. Subsequently the group has expanded include Pioneer Motor Service (later renamed Premier Motor Service), Premier Illawarra (former John J. Hill & Rutty’s Bus Service operations), Premier Queensland (former Surf City, But It & Stonestreet’s operations), Premier Charters (former Greens Northern Coaches) and Kiama Coaches (including Hopkinsons Coaches and Travelways).

Nowra Coaches & Pioneer/Premier Motor Service:
John King purchased Nowra Coaches from Bill and Audrey Gill in December 1987 with 13 vehicles, operating route and school services around Nowra and Bomaderry townships, as well as a charter and tours. On 2 August 1988, the Bomaderry based passenger and school services of Sampsons Tours Pty Ltd were taken over with 16 buses.

On 1 January 1989, Nowra Coaches entered the express coach market on the Sydney to Brisbane corridor by taking over Casino 99 from Hadfield's Bus Service, Engadine with Denning Landseers NV68BA & NV70BA. The operation continued to run from the Hadfield's depot. Nowra Coaches MO 9510 Nissan Civilian was repainted into Casino 99 livery to operate a feeder service from Nowra to Parramatta. Nowra Coaches sold the Casino 99 operation and the two Landseers after a short period of operation to Richardson’s Coaches, Richmond.

In 1990, NCT Tours & Travel was established as an Asian inbound travel agency and tour operation. This venture operates out of a travel agency located on Sussex Street in Sydney CBD and has generally had its own separate fleet of smaller vehicles in Nowra livery with NCT signage.

Nowra Coaches became involved with Auburn Bus Service as of 1 August 1990, trading as Auburn Coaches. This arrangement ceased soon after in September 1990 with Auburn Coaches selling out two ways to Crossleys and E Street Bus Service. From 2 October 1990, Auburn Coaches resumed operations with routes 59, 405 and 406 ex E Street Bus Service, owned by John King of Nowra Coaches and John Cerezo. Several vehicles were transferred from Nowra to Sydney for this venture, including one of the rebodied Worldmasters, an ex Canberra AEC Swift and the ex North & Western Vikings. These returned to Nowra after John King sold his interest in the business as of 1 February 1991. King retook full operation of the services in February 1993, only to sell them to Baxter's Holroyd Bus Lines on 8 March 1993.

Nowra Coaches re-entered the express coach market with the take over of Pioneer Motor Service from the Haigh family on 1 May 1995 with 13 vehicles. This included the Sydney to Eden coach service, two school runs from Nowra schools to Ulladulla and the Stewart Place booking office. The Eden service was extended to Melbourne in November 1998, however was truncated back to Eden in December 2014.

(51) MO 1304 Denning Denair (64 4/83) RC45FT originally Cavanagh's of Kempsey - Mick Kane

The interstate express services of Kirkland Bros, Lismore were taken over on 15 June 1996 with five Setra S228DTI double-deck coaches. This consisted of three daily return services from Sydney to Brisbane and offices in Brisbane, Surfers Paradise and Sydney. Four months later the Sydney to Coffs Harbour to Brisbane coach service of Sydfox Pty Ltd t/a Lindsay's Coach Service, Boambee was taken over on 27 October 1996 with two Denning Landseers and two Denning Landseer Double-Deckers.

Pioneer Motor Service changed their name to Premier Motor Service on the Sydney to Brisbane route in October 1997 after a court battle with Greyhound Pioneer. This name was later adopted for the entire operation. After an unsuccessful bid to take over Greyhound Pioneer, Premier Motor Service commenced a Brisbane to Cairns service in August 2000.

Nowra Coaches Pty Ltd acquired Line of Route N1212 Nowra schools to Burrier via Longreach from W.C. & C.K. Sharp, Bomaderry as of Term 1 2006 with no bus. The remainder of Sharp’s operation (minibus charter and RSL club shuttles) was purchased in June 2007 with Toyotas MO 2794, TV 1486 & SQE 970.

Premier Motor Service secured the Lismore to Brisbane coach service from Kirkland's Buslines (Buslines Group) on 1 April 2008 with TV 3057 & TV 3058 Mercedes-Benz O404-3’s.

Vehicles began to be sign written "Premier Shoalhaven", in lieu of "Nowra Coaches", from 2009 onward.

A number of train supplement services have been operated. Night time services on the diesel portion of the South Coast railway line between Kiama Station and Bomaderry Station are operated under contract to Sydney Trains by Premier Illawarra (vehicle previously supplied by Nowra Coaches). In July 2013, Premier Shoalhaven successfully tendered for a single coach NSW TrainLink contract operating between Moss Vale Station and Goulburn Station to supplement the existing NSW TrainLink Endeavour service. This contract was previously held by Roadcoach. Commencing 3 July 2017, Premier Shoalhaven commenced trial route 737 replicating the South Coast railway between Kiama Station and Bomaderry Station to supplement the existing NSW TrainLink Endeavour service. Consisting of 6 forward and 5 return services on weekdays, the service passed to Kennedy’s Bus Service via tender effective 1 April 2020.

Nowra Coaches MO 6719 Volvo B58 / PMCSA (5807 12/80) AB71D ex Adelaide - Adam Peters

Premier Illawarra / Premier Charters:
On 14 June 2001, the two main Wollongong bus operators Rutty's Bus Service Pty Ltd, Figtree (55 buses) and John J Hill Pty Ltd, Wollongong & Shellharbour (63 buses) were taken over by Premier Illawarra Pty Ltd. Several vehicle transfers between the Nowra and Wollongong operations occurred shortly after the takeover. The former John J. Hill depot in Glebe Street, Wollongong soon closed, with vehicles relocated to the former Rutty’s depot at Figtree. Premier vacated the depot at Princes Highway, Figtree in March 2010 and moved to a new site at 13-23 Investigator Drive, Unanderra.

Premier Illawarra 6275 MO Mercedes-Benz O405 / PMC (1789 9/88) B51D ex 4765 MO; ex MO 6184; ex Rutty's Bus Service - Mick Kane

Although Premier Illawarra and Nowra Coaches are operated as separate companies, the operations have close ties under the Premier Transport Group banner. Premier Motor Service Coaches are regularly allocated to the Figtree depot (later Unanderra depot) for charter & railway replacement work.

As part of a restructure of New South Wales bus contracts, Premier Illawarra’s Wollongong bus interests have formed Outer Metropolitan Bus Contract (OMBSC) Region 10 since 2008.

Premier Illawarra commenced operation of the "Gong Shuttle" Route 55 Wollongong - TAFE, Fairy Meadow Station, Wollongong Harbour & Crown St on 18 March 2009, a part of Transport for New South Wales’ free shuttle initiative. To alleviate confusion over the clockwise and anti-clockwise routes operating under the one route number 55, the service split into two routes as of 20 March 2009; Route 55A operating anti-clockwise & 55C operating clockwise.

Premier Illawarra inherited the "North Gong Shuttle" contract from John J. Hill Pty Ltd, operating between North Wollongong Station and University of Wollongong. For many years m/o 6365 Leyland Tiger was allocated to the service, followed by 4778 MO MAN 18.280. This contract was lost on tender to Dion's Bus Service in early-2010. At the same time Premier commenced operation of a trial service from Gwynneville & Keiraville to University of Wollongong. This service passed to Dions Bus Service in a retendering of University of Wollongong services commencing February 2016.

Premier Illawarra m/o 6365 Leyland Tiger / PMC (1722 5/87) RB53F ex John J Hill seen at North Wollongong Station on its regular 'North Gong Shuttle' duties. This bus is now preserved by Warrigal Charters - Dean Jones

On 2 February 2015, services in OMBSC Region 9 (Wollongong to Stanwell Park corridor & Helensburgh area) were taken over from Green’s Northern Coaches (Vagone Pty Ltd) with 18 vehicles through Premier Charters Pty Ltd. Premier continued to utilise the former Green’s depots at Helensburgh and Thirroul, however soon vacated Thirroul depot with buses split between Helensburgh and Unanderra.

Premier Queensland:
Premier Motor Service expanded to the Gold Coast through the takeover of Surf City Coaches Pty Ltd, Southport with 11 coaches in July 2007. Vehicles at Premier's Rocklea depot in Brisbane were transferred to Southport in mid-July. Further expansion in Queensland occurred in 2012 with the take over of Bus It, Mackay from receivers around May of that year. In August 2019, Premier acquired Stonestreet's Coaches at Toowoomba, consisting of 26 government school bus contracts, as well as private school and resource sector contracts. In early-2020, the Bus It operation was sold to Emerald Coaches with a mix of Scania, BCI, Higer and Toyota buses, including 20 4WD Toyota Hi-Ace Commuters allocated to a mining contract at the Bowen Basin.

Kiama Coaches, Hopkinsons Coaches & Travelways:
On 1 March 2015, John King of Premier Transport Group and Gerard King of Kiama Coaches Pty Ltd joined forces to take over Hopkinson’s Coaches and touring arm Travelways from the Hopkinson family through Kiama Coaches Pty Ltd with 25 vehicles. At this point, Kiama Coaches Pty Ltd became part of the Premier Transport Group, although continued to trade separately. The long-utilised depot and office space at 125 Woodpark Rd, Smithfield was vacated at the end of June 2020, coinciding with a fleet downsizing. Operations are now managed a shop front at Suite 3, 1-9 Palmer St, Parramatta and vehicles stabled at the Premier Charters Pty Ltd depot in Helensburgh.

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