Melbourne Route Histories

Sitch Bus Service / Altona Bus Lines (Kefford) #48 (Bedford BLP2, PMCSA) seen in Footscray on Route 412 during 1991 (Peter Kane)

  • Prior to 1971

    – Expertly researched notes by Graeme Cleak detailing bus services in Melbourne from 1925 through to the 1971 renumbering of bus routes across Melbourne

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  • Prior to 1990

    – Expertly researched notes by Graeme Cleak detailing bus services in Melbourne from 1925 through to the early 1990s rationalisation of private bus routes and privatisation of goverment bus services in 1993.

  • 000 – 199

    – Traditionally used for tram services and a network of school services between the Doncaster region and private schools in Kew.

    From June 2015 the 100-series was used for several routes in Melbourne’s outer west as part of a major network overhaul.

    Running Route 220 to Sunshine along St Kilda Rd in 2012, Melbourne Bus Link #410 (Scania L94UB, Volgren “CR228L”) (Michael Coley)

  • 200 – 399

    – Since the 1971 renumbering the 200 & 300 series have been used for government bus services in Melbourne’s inner suburbs and across the Doncaster / Ringwood region, with these routes later transfering to National Bus Company, Melbourne Bus Link and Transdev.

    From 2016 routes in the outer northern suburbs began receiving numbers in the this series as part of expanded networks.

  • 400 – 499

    – The 400-series largely covers bus services in Melbourne’s western suburbs and more recently regional town services in Bacchus Marsh and Gisborne.

  • 500 – 599

    – The 500-series largely covers bus services in Melbourne’s northern & north-western suburbs, stretching from Craigieburn and Moonee Ponds across to Eltham and Heidelberg.

  • 600 – 699

    – The 600-series over the years has covered pockets of eastern and inner south-east Melbourne, from routes around Camberwell, Prahran, St Kilda & Brighton, as well as routes around Croydon and Lilydale and throughout the Dandenong Ranges.

    On Route 644 at Southland in 1988, Sandringham Bus Company
    BEN-103 (Hino AM100) (Peter Kane)

    From 1971 to 1991 it also covered numerous services around the Moorabbin area prior to wide-scale renumbering.

  • 700 – 799

    – The 700-series over the years has covered traditional Ventura services across the eastern suburbs, from their popular 700, 703, 733 & 767 north-south routes to several local routes radiating from Box Hill, Mitcham, Glen Waverley, Knox City and Boronia.

    The 700-series has also been used by routes serving Mordialloc, Frankston, Cranbourne and along the Mornington Peninsula.

  • 800 – 999

    – The Grenda Empire operated services in the 800-series, initially covering the many routes radiating from Dandenong in all directions as well as their local routes in the Chelsea area.

    Later, routes in Berwick, Brighton and Cheltenham joined this series, followed by Cranbourne routes in 2002.

    The 900-series was initially reserved for Victorian Railways routes. More recently the series has covered local routes in Sandringham & Pakenham, NightRider / Night Bus services and SmartBus corridors.

  • Miscellaneous

    One of just 3 Volgren Scania L113CRBs in the Grenda fleet, #9 departs Glen Waverley on Route 885 (27/08/2008) (Mick Kane)

    – Various shuttle buses over the years that did not carry standard route numbers, including university and shopping centre shuttles.