AREAS COVERED: City of Knox, City of Maroondah, Shire of Yarra Ranges, City of Monash and City of Greater Dandenong. Suburbs include: Rowville, Boronia, Bayswater, Scoresby, Ferntree Gully, Wantirna, Ringwood, Croydon, Mooroolbark, Lilydale, Monbulk, Belgrave, Oakleigh, Wheelers Hill, Mt. Evelyn, Silvan, Kallista, Frankston, Carrum Downs and Dandenong
FLEET SIZE: 104 buses.
PASSENGERS CARRIED (YEARLY): 4.2 million.
KILOMETRES TRAVELLED (YEARLY): 6.2 million.
ABOUT INVICTA BUS SERVICES:
The Croydon Bus Service first began May 24, 1936, when Bill Wilson drove his 1927 Chevrolet bus from North Croydon to Croydon. The service developed over the war years and, by 1947, there were routes in operation to Bayswater, Bickleigh Vale, Croydon Golf Links and Croydon North. Clem and Emily (Tine) Usher purchased the service in 1947, at which time there was a five vehicle fleet.
The company expanded in the 1950s and 1960s to incorporate the Ringwood Bus Service and with the rapid growth of the Ringwood, Croydon, Mooroolbark and Bayswater areas came a growth in the fleet, up to a total of twelve buses by 1960.
The mid-1960s represented the beginning of a new era for the company, as the mantle of responsibility was passed from the first generation of Ushers to the second. John Usher joined the company in 1964 and became the managing director in 1967. John was responsible for much of Invicta’s growth and diversity until 2001 when he decided to dedicate his energy to running his charter and tour business in Tasmania.
New owners, Pam Usher, with seven years service at Invicta, Kumar Vasanthakumar with fifteen years services and Frank Mercuri with fourteen years, stepped in to operate the business. Over the past seven years, the management team ensured that the Invicta reputation flourished and they left their own collective mark on the industry and the community.
In February 2009, Grenda Transit Management entered into an agreement to buy the shares of Transit development P/L, the company that owned Croydon Bus Service and the trading name, Invicta Bus Lines. At the time, Invicta employed approximately 150 people and has a fleet of 102 buses. This is a very exciting development for Grenda and the company has welcomed its new employees into the organisation.