The Tuggie Bus was a short-lived community bus service that commenced operation in Kambah and Wanniassa on Monday 9 June 1980.
Routes 555 and 556 operated in anti-clockwise and clockwise loops respectively. Whilst they travelled along parts of existing bus routes, they also travelled along streets that were not previously serviced.
On those streets, new wooden ‘peg’ style bus stops were added, painted red to differentiate them from the usual yellow pegs. The words ‘Tuggie Bus Stop’ were printed on them.
The Tuggie Bus service had its genesis in discussions with the Tuggeranong Community Council, which was chaired in the late 1970s by Mary Porter (now MLC). The TCC identified the transport problem faced by residents of Kambah and Wanniassa without a car, who wished to travel from one side of Kambah to the other and from Central Wanniassa to various community facilities in Kambah. Almost all travel took place during off-peak periods which made the introduction of a special off-peak bus service a practical proposition, at least in theory.
A high level of liaison with the TCC was undertaken and two routes, ultimately to become 555 and 556 appeared to meet all known requirements. The service commenced on 9 June 1980. Passenger loadings varied considerably with loadings increasing in school holidays from one or two to five or six per bus departure. Route 555, the anti-clockwise route, was the weaker of the two routes by a large margin – unfortunately patronage on many trips was zero or one or two.
Although requested by the community groups, some of the diversions did not generate any passengers. (Allchin Circuit, Learmonth Drive, Springbett Street)
New Tuggie Bus routes and timetables were to be introduced on 30 March 1981 but the Union delegates would not approve the changes and implementation was delayed ‘until further notice’. No further notice was forthcoming and the service ceased on 3 July 1981.
The proposed changes for March 1981 would have deleted many of the diversions in Kambah, and extend the services through a large part of Wanniassa and Monash.
ACTION already had two buses in the fleet suitable for the conduct of a community bus service when service planning took place: ZIB 408 and 409, Toyota Coasters which had been delivered in August 1975 and used on a mix of feeder services in developing suburbs and special school runs.
In late June 1980 two Toyota Hi-Aces were transferred from the Commonwealth Special Duty Fleet (SDV) to ACTION and re-registered ZIB 552 and 568 to be used on Tuggie Bus as backup buses whenever a Coaster was not available.
Following the cessation of the Tuggie Bus service, all four Toyotas – 407, 408, 552 and 568 were withdrawn and on 24 July 1981 the two Coasters were transferred to DAS for disposal. The fate of the two Hi-Aces is not known.
- 408 was delivered August 1975, disposed 24 July 1981
- 409 was delivered August 1975, transferred to the Commonwealth Police and re-registered 3 November 1976, returned from Police in February 1977 and re-registered as 407 on 9 February 1977. It was disposed 24 July 1981 as 407.
- 552 was a 1977 model delivered as ZID 904 on 12 June 1980. Disposal date unknown.
- 568 was a 1979 model delivered as ZIE 538 on 12 June 1980. Disposal date unknown.
You can view a scan of the service timetable in our gallery.
Erindale Centre Comrie Street (L) Sternberg (L) Wheeler (R) Fincham (R) Athllon (L) Vosper (L) Livingston (R) Summerland (R) Mannheim (L) Sulwood (L) Inkster (R) Marconi (R) Drakeford (L) Sulwood (L) Kambah Pool (R) Barritt (L) Allchin (L) Barritt (R) Boddington (R) Bateman (L) Learmonth (L) Vansittart (L) O’Halloran (R) Springbett (R) O’Halloran (R) Drakeford (R) O’Halloran (L) Jenke (R) O’Halloran (R) Drakeford (L) Taverner (L) Forlonge (R) Wheeler (R) McBryde (L) Comrie Street, Erindale Centre
Erindale Centre Comrie Street (R) McBryde (L) Wheeler (L) Forlonge (R) Taverner (R) Drakeford (L) O’Halloran (L) Jenke (R) O’Halloran (L) Drakeford (L) O’Halloran (L) Springbett (L) O’Halloran (R) Vansittart (R) Learmonth (R) Bateman (L) Boddington (L) Barritt (R) Allchin (R) Barritt (L) Kambah Pool (R) Sulwood (R) Drakeford (L) Marconi (L) Inkster (R) Sulwood (R) Mannheim (L) Summerland (L) Livingston (R) Vosper (R) Athllon (L) Fincham (L) Wheeler (R) Sternberg (R) Comrie Street, Erindale Centre
List of facilities serviced by the routes
Erindale Centre, Wanniassa Oval, Padua Catholic College$, Kambah Health Centre, Kambah Post Office, Kambah High School, Kambah Homestead Community Area, Kambah YMCA, Springbett Street Shops, Crozier Circuit Shops*, Mt Neighbour Primary School, Carleton Street Shops, St Thomas the Apostle Primary School, Kambah Village Centre, Hillview Shopping Centre#, Mannheim Street Community Centre and Shops, Village Creek Primary School, Livingston Avenue Shops, Wanniassa Primary School, Sternberg Crescent Shops, Wanniassa Community Centre
$ – Now St Mary Mackillop College
* – Typo – there were not shops on Crozier Circuit, refers to the closeby Castley Circuit Shops
# – Hillview Shops located between Hutchison Crescent and Inkster Street.