NSW BUDGET: $108 MILLION BUS BOOST

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Double decker buses will serve some of Sydney’s busiest routes, and around 3,800 extra weekly services will be added as part of a $108 million investment in new buses in the 2016-17 NSW Budget, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance and Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian announced today.

The 80 seat double deckers can carry 65 per cent more capacity than normal size buses, and will be used on key corridors including the busy Rouse Hill-City service (route 607X), between Blacktown and Macquarie Park (route 611), and for the first time, the Liverpool-Parramatta Transitway (route T80).

“Thousands of Sydneysiders rely on bus travel every day to get from A to B and we know demand for services is continually increasing, particularly in growth centres in the North West and South West, as well as in inner city areas like Green Square,” Mr Constance said. “This is all about staying ahead of the curve to ensure customers have sufficient levels of service well into the future.

“Since coming to office, the NSW Government has delivered more than 15,800 extra weekly public transport services for customers and today’s announcement is further proof that we’re committed to putting on even more where and when they’re needed most.”

Ms Berejiklian said the Government would continue to fund more services and infrastructure in the upcoming Budget. “These double decker buses have allowed us to deliver good customer outcomes and we are pleased to be rolling out more of them across Sydney,” the Treasurer said. “This announcement is the latest example of the NSW Government delivering new and improved services for our growing State.”

As part of this year’s Budget commitment, there will be 12 new or extended routes including a new cross suburban link between the Inner West and Lower North Shore, all night services seven days a week for Green Square and Zetland as well as Abbotsford, Five Dock and Rouse Hill on weekends.

New or improved services will also be rolled out in outer metropolitan areas including the Lower Hunter, Central Coast, Blue Mountains and the Illawarra.

The Budget also includes funds to replace older buses with new accessible, air conditioned buses. Transport for NSW will now work with industry over the coming months to finalise an implementation plan for the entire package of work. This will include further detail on how many double decker buses will be used, the rollout plan, replacement bus schedule, exact number of new trips, routes and when they will be implemented.

2016/17 GROWTH BUS SERVICES PROGRAM

Western Sydney (including Hills District and South West) - More than 1,350 new weekly trips, including 5 new or extended routes.

  • New route 605 (North Kellyville to Rouse Hill Town Centre)
  • Extended route 751 (Marsden Park to Blacktown via Colebee)
  • Extended route T72 (Blacktown to Rouse Hill Town Centre via Alex Avenue)
  • Extended route T74 (Blacktown to Riverstone via Hambledon Road)
  • Extended route 783 (Penrith to Jordan Springs)

Enhanced services on the following routes:

  • 607X (Rouse Hill to City via M2)
  • 610X/M61 (Rouse Hill and Castle Hill to City M2)
  • 611 (Blacktown to Macquarie Park via M2)
  • 615X (North Kellyville to City via M2)
  • 619 (Rouse Hill to Macquarie Park via Kellyville and M2)
  • 620X-621 (Castle Hill and Cherrybrook to Macquarie Park and City via M2)
  • 700 (Blacktown to Parramatta via Prospect)
  • 740 (Plumpton to Macquarie Park via M2)
  • 841 (Narellan to Leppington)
  • T65 (Rouse Hill to Parramatta via Westmead)
  • T80 (Liverpool to Parramatta via Bonnyrigg)

Sydney Metropolitan - More than 1,950 new weekly trips, including 2 new routes.

  • New route 530 (Burwood to Chatswood via Five Dock, Hunters Hill and Lane Cove)
  • New route 985 (Miranda to Cronulla via Woolooware Shores)

Enhanced services on the following routes:

  • Various Northern Beaches routes between Mona Vale and the City
  • 197 (Mona Vale to Macquarie Park via Terrey Hills)
  • 270-274 (Frenchs Forest District to City)
  • 343 (Kingsford to City)
  • 370 (Leichhardt to Coogee)
  • 433 (Balmain to Railway Square via Harold Park)
  • 477 (Miranda to Rockdale via Sans Souci)
  • 506 (Macquarie University and East Ryde to City via Hunters Hill)
  • 518 (Macquarie University to City via Ryde)
  • M20 (Zetland to Wynyard via Central Station)
  • M41 (Burwood to Macquarie Park via Ryde)

New all-night services on the following routes:

  • 301 (Zetland to City via Surry Hills) – seven days
  • 438 (Abbotsford to City via Five Dock and Leichhardt) – Friday and Saturday only
  • 607X (Rouse Hill to City via M2) – Friday and Saturday only 

Lower Hunter – More than 170 new weekly trips, including 2 new or extended routes:

  • New route 178 (Anambah to Rutherford)
  • Extended routes 260 and 261 (Minmi and Fletcher to Jesmond and University)

Central Coast – 45 new weekly trips, including 1 extended route:

  • Extended route 40 (Gosford – Wyoming)
  • Enhanced services on routes 67 and 68 between Terrigal and Gosford
  • Enhanced services on route 33 between Gosford and Mangrove Mountain

Blue Mountains – More than 30 new weekly trips on route 686 between Katoomba, Echo Point and Scenic World

Illawarra – More than 240 new weekly trips, including 2 new or extended routes:

  • New route 75 (Tullimbar to Stockland Shellharbour)
  • Extended route 32 (Dapto to Brooks Reach)
  • Enhanced services on route 1 between Austinmer and Wollongong
  • Enhanced services on routes 31-33 between Wollongong and Dapto District
  • Enhanced services on route 34 between Warrawong and Wollongong