Following feedback from customers in North Balgowlah, Transport for NSW will reintroduce 168X bus services from Sunday 11 July 2021.
The reintroduction of the 168X is one of a number of bus service adjustments being implemented in the local area, aimed at addressing concerns from some residents about the frequency of the new 172X bus service operating in and around local streets. The 172X is a full time service operating seven days a week between Warringah Mall and the city via North Balgowlah and Seaforth.
In addition, customers in Balgowlah Heights will receive direct bus services to the city, with the reintroduction of 171X services during weekday peak periods. There will also be adjustments to some route 162 services operating between Seaforth and Manly, to support the reintroduction of route 171X and to improve connections with ferries at Manly during the afternoon peak period.
While the number of 172X services operating via Urunga Street will be reduced, the combined frequency of routes 168X and 172X will maintain overall service levels for customers travelling from Seaforth towards the city.
The changes are designed to strike the right balance of meeting the travel needs of North Balgowlah customers and school students, while responding to the concerns of residents by considerably reducing the number of buses operating along Urunga Street in peak periods
Frequencies on local streets
To help reduce the number of 172X buses operating in some local streets such as Urunga Street, the 168X will be reinstated, operating via Bangaroo Street and Brook Road during peak periods. In addition, some 172X journeys will start from Wakehurst Parkway during the busiest part of the weekday morning peak, while two 172X trips will finish at Wakehurst Parkway in the busiest hour of the afternoon peak period.
These service adjustments will result in a reduction of services using Urunga Street compared to the current timetable. These changes address some of the main concerns raised by residents following the wider network changes introduced in late 2020.
The departure time of route 707n will also change in the morning peak to operate 15 minutes later than it currently does. This dedicated school service, which was reinstated in February, will depart Woodbine Street Shops in North Balgowlah at 7:25am to arrive at Milsons Point by 8:15am to improve accessibility for students travelling to the lower north shore. All schools that rely on route 707n have been informed of this change that will benefit their students.