Adjustments have been made to the new transport plan for Sydney’s southeast, following an extended community consultation period.
Bus route and timetable changes will be in place from Sunday 5 December, delivering an integrated network of all-day frequent services.
Community consultation provided us with vital information from the public, which is why we extended it out to eight weeks. From more than 8,800 submissions, Transport for NSW received feedback on frequency, connections with light rail and maintaining services to key destinations,” Mr Stokes said.
“For example, locals asked us to maintain links to Taylor Square and we’ve listened. We’re retaining route 373, which will operate every 10 minutes during the day, maintaining links from Coogee and Randwick towards Darlinghurst and Oxford Street.
“We’re also keeping express bus routes to and from the CBD, with direct city access during weekday peaks, and we’ll also see an improvement in frequency for these routes.
“During the consultation period, we engaged with more than 90 local schools because we know some students take regular route services that have changed. We will re-engage with schools to help them understand and communicate relevant changes to their communities.”
Transport for NSW Chief Operations Officer Howard Collins said designing the network around more frequent and simpler bus routes provides better access between more destinations.
“These changes offer a more sustainable public transport network that will help support future growth in the area, like at Green Square which will be home to more than 60,000 people and 20,000-plus jobs by 2030,” Mr Collins said
“We have created an extra 10 all-day frequent bus routes, similar to the existing Bondi Link 333, to run at a high-frequency so customers have more choice around when they travel.
“We are better aligning our services to ensure customers are getting the most out of bus, light rail, train, and ferry services across the area.”
Key benefits of the new bus network for the South East include:
An All-Day frequent network (ADFN) – with 11 bus routes, including ten new ADFN routes like the 304, 350, 370, 390X and 396 operating every 10 minutes or better during the day, 7 days a week;
• Integration with Sydney light rail lines L2 and L3 – improving bus services to better connect with light rail services and reducing duplication with light rail;
• New and improved routes to improve connections to trains and ferries, including supporting future upgrades of Redfern Station and rail services on the T8 Airport Line, future Metro services at Waterloo, and during the summer months, improved connections with ferries at Rose Bay;
• Improved access to key destinations, including Bondi Junction, UNSW and the Randwick precinct, Newtown, The University of Sydney, Eastgardens, Green Square, and Redfern with enhanced links helping cross-suburban journeys without needing to go via the Sydney CBD;
• Green Square, Waterloo and Zetland enhancements – five ADFN routes including the 304, 309, 343, 370 and 392, serving the precinct and improvements to other services with improved connectivity between bus and train services at Green Square Station;
• An expanded overnight network, with more bus routes operating 24/7 including the new 350 and 390X;
• Better east-west and north-south connectivity, with new and enhanced links making cross suburban journeys more frequent and accessible;
• Improved service reliability and capacity – with more accurate timetables so buses can reliably operate on time, and extra capacity added to match demand to avoid overcrowding;
•Retained and improved peak express services with extended operating hours and more consistent frequencies to maintain direct city services on the busiest routes; and
• Improved access to the eastern beaches – with beaches at Bondi, Bronte, Tamarama, Coogee, Maroubra, and La Perouse all benefiting from improved bus services like the 333, 362 and 375, including better connections to train, and light rail services.
Adjustments to Inner West bus routes that currently depart the City via Castlereagh Street, will see buses now operating via Elizabeth Street.
Signs detailing service changes across the network will appear at impacted bus stops before service commencement so customers are aware.
Transport for NSW has published a consultation report, which outlines what we heard during consultation and what we changed as a result of feedback.
Customers can plan their trip from 21 November at transportnsw.info.