THE Westbus depot in Hoxton Park has shut up shop for good.
The transport company lost its bid to operate in Liverpool, Fairfield and Cabramatta to Transit Systems Australia (TSA) after the state government introduced competitive tendering last May.
Last Friday was the company's final day of operation.
Under the new tender agreement, TSA was required to offer employment to a substantial number of transferring employees from the companies that were unsuccessful in the tender.
In addition to Westbus, this also includes employees from Hopkinsons, Metrolink and Comfort Delgro Cabcharge.
As the successful operator for the region, TSA also had to offer employment on "no less favourable terms and conditions" to the existing bus services workforce, including continuity of employment.
The state secretary for the Transport Workers Union, Wayne Forno, said in an earlier interview, that they had secured a state government agreement for a relatively smooth transition for both commuters and drivers.
"We conducted meetings with the Transport Minister, who agreed that pay rates and conditions for our members will go across to the new tenders," he said. "We negotiated for a smooth transition, with drivers finishing up with one operator on a Friday, and starting up with the new operator on the Monday."
Mr Forno said there was no need for commuters to worry about fare increases at this stage, because, he said, any increase would be approved and would also be regulated by the state government.