April’s Private Route of the Month takes us to the Hills District and CDC HillsBus Route M61.
The M61 operates between Castle Hill to Queen Victoria Building via Baulkham Hills and the M2 Motorway. M61 commenced on 20 December 2010 replacing many 610X services that duplicate its route. It initally operated to Railway Square but was curtailed to the QVB on 4 October 2015
The service runs from 6am-Midnight Sunday through Thursday and 24 Hours on Friday and Saturday. It runs every 10 minutes during peak hours, every 15 minutes off peak and every 20 minutes on weekends and at night.
The route is operated by HillsBus depots in Dural, Northmead and Seven Hills. They are operated by a mix of standard 12.5m and 14.5m buses with Volgren Bodywork and Scania Chassis and 12.5m buses with a Double Decker Bustech Bodywork.
Pictured: A HillsBus 14.5m bus with Volgren bodywork and Scalia chassis operating a M61 towards Castle Hill.