Customers living and working around Green Square will soon get 9 per cent more capacity on bus services from next month. The changes are part of the Green Square and Waterloo Transport Action Plan that will sustainably improve transport connections to support the vibrancy and accessibility of the precinct.
Transport for NSW Coordinator General Marg Prendergast said improving public transport options is a critical part of a comprehensive transport action plan for the Green Square area that is being developed with the City of Sydney and supported by Roads and Maritime.
“These enhancements will benefit Green Square and Waterloo customers, creating capacity for more than 20,000 additional weekly passengers,” Ms Prendergast said.
“For example, enhancement of the 343 service from Kingsford to Chatswood, via Green Square and Waterloo, will give 18 percent more capacity between 7am-8am and 16 percent more capacity between 8am-9am.
“As new offices open in Australian Technology Park workers will benefit from these improvements with routes 301, 302 and 303 now terminating at Redfern Station near ATP and routes 305, 308, 309, 309X and 310X also getting workers in and out of ATP.
“The changes build on other recent rail improvements such as doubling the number of weekend daytime services and increased late night weekday services at Green Square, Mascot and Sydney Airport stations last year.
“In addition to public transport improvements, we’re investigating a range of projects and strategies to improve transport links and manage congestion around Green Square especially in the next five years.
“This includes bus priority measures, developing On Demand services which have been popular across Sydney, implementing travel demand strategies to help people adapt to transport changes, and creating a better and safer environment for walking and cycling.”
From Sunday 2 December, State Transit will roll out two turn-up-and-go bus services in the south east that will give customers better connections to the city and nearby train stations.
This includes a new 24/7 bus route, the 304 between Rosebery and Circular Quay, which will run every 12 minutes or better during the day seven days a week.
The existing 309 route will also run as a turn-up-and-go service, running every 12 minutes or better during the day seven days a week, between Banksmeadow and Railway Square.
State Transit CEO Steffen Faurby said the service changes will provide extra capacity for more than 3,500 customers each weekday.
“Brand new bus services will significantly improve transport options around Green Square to benefit people living and working in the area,” Mr Faurby said.
“Turn-up-and-go buses provide a more efficient service; you only have to look at the success of the B-Line and Bondi Link to know customers love high-frequency buses.
“We will continue to look at ways to improve bus services along the Botany Road corridor to support the needs of a growing community.”
Changes to STA bus services will commence on Sunday 2 December. Customers are advised to plan ahead at www.transportnsw.info.
KEY BUS CHANGES TO THE GREEN SQUARE BUS NETWORK
- 304 connects Rosebery and Circular Quay via Zetland, Waterloo and Surry Hills. Serves East Village Shopping Centre for the first time. Increasing peak capacity by approximately 18%.
- 307 connects Port Botany and Mascot Station via Matraville, Eastgardens, Pagewood, Botany and Mascot shops. Provides local coverage and connections to buses at Eastgardens, Botany and Mascot and trains at Mascot station. Replaces route 309 and 310 in the Port Botany, Matraville and Eastgardens areas.
- 309X will operate between Railway Square and Port Botany via Redfern, Green Square station and Botany Road. Running every 10 minutes during the morning and afternoon peaks. Route 309X will replace existing L09.
- 310X will operate between Banksmeadow and Railway Square via Botany, Mascot, and Green Square station. Running every 10 minutes during the morning and afternoon peaks. Combined with route 309, this will result in buses every 5 minutes between Botany Shops and Green Square station during peak periods. Route 310X will replace existing X09 and X10 services.
- 400N will operate overnight services between 12am – 5am and will operate an all-stops service between Eastgardens and Bondi Junction.
- 301, 302 and 303 will be changed to operate to and from Redfern Station, providing new links to the rail network. Route 304 will provide services between Rosebery, Waterloo and the City.
- 305 will be changed to operate between Redfern Station and Mascot only, with service frequency adjusted to every 30 minutes
- 308 will be changed to operate between Marrickville Metro and Central Station full time. Weekday morning and afternoon peak hour services currently terminating at or commencing from Redfern Station will be extended to Central Station via Redfern and Chalmers/Elizabeth Streets.
- 309 will be changed to operate between Banksmeadow and Railway Square, and will have higher capacity on selected trips. Running every 12 minutes or better during the day, 7 days a week, with services around every 10 minutes during morning and afternoon peak times on weekdays, and every 15 minutes during evenings (30 mins late night).
- 343 will experience additional services across the week, including higher capacity with proposed increase of 18% more capacity between 7am-8am and 16% capacity between 8am-9am.