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Greyhound buses to return to SA roads

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Greyhound, previously owned by transport company Unitrans Passenger, was put up for auction last year and purchased by an investment entity that is owned by a private trust.

The Greyhound bus service gets back on the road under new ownership from April 13. File picture

GREYHOUND buses are returning to South African roads under new ownership from next week.

In February last year, the bus service, together with Citiliner, announced that it was closing its operations after 37 years of service because of financial constraints exacerbated by the Covid-19 travel restrictions.

Greyhound, previously owned by transport company Unitrans Passenger, was put up for auction last year and purchased by an investment entity that is owned by a private trust.

Greyhound Coach Lines spokesperson Leslie Matthews said the bus service was “extremely happy” to be back and fully operational.

“Not only is this great news for passengers, it comes with job creation at a time when unemployment is at an all-time (high) in South Africa,” he said.

Buses are expected back on the road on April 13, ahead of the Easter period.

“The return of Greyhound couldn’t have come at a better time. With lockdown restrictions eased, the travel and tourism sector has seen a massive improvement with more people travelling across provinces. And with the Easter break approaching, there will certainly be a demand for a more safe, reliable and luxurious mode of transport,” said Mathews.

Deputy Minister of Transport, Sindisiwe Chikunga said: “We are happy to welcome back Greyhound Coach Lines, one of the most well-known and trusted interprovincial bus services. The return of the luxury liner is well-aligned with the ministry’s vision to get all transport forms fully operational at the highest standard.”

Greyhound will start operating on April 13 and will offer the following routes:

• Johannesburg to Durban (direct)

• Johannesburg to Cape Town (via Bloemfontein)

• Pretoria to Cape Town (via Kimberley)

• Cape Town to Mthatha (via Garden Route)

• Mthatha to Cape Town (via Garden Route)

• Pretoria to Durban (via Empangeni)

• Cape Town to Durban (via Bloemfontein)

• Johannesburg to East London (direct)

• East London to Cape Town (via Queenstown)

In phase two, Greyhound said it aimed to launch routes to the following return destinations, with many others to be announced in the near future:

* Johannesburg to Pretoria to Polokwane

* Johannesburg to Mossel Bay (via Bloemfontein)

* Johannesburg to Mthatha (via Pietermaritzburg)

* Johannesburg to Mthatha (via Matatiele)

* Johannesburg to Pretoria to Komatipoort

* Johannesburg to Phalaborwa

* Johannesburg to Gqebera (via Craddock)

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