Hills MPs David Elliott and Dominic Perrottet today said the NSW Government has this month delivered almost 100 extra weekly bus services, including 54 extra weekly services on the popular 610X/M61 routes between Castle Hill and the Sydney CBD.
“Customers will also see 26 brand new buses being rollout out in our region, and this is a
great win for public transport customers in the north west,” Mr Elliott said
“The NSW Government has now delivered more than 9,000 extra weekly public transport
services across the state, and shows we are listening to what customers want.
“The 9,000 extra weekly services are made up of 7,800 bus services, plus 1,193 extra train and 220 extra ferry services.
“There has been an extraordinary 2,200 extra weekly bus services delivered in the
Hills District as part of this win for customers.
“There are 15 million customer journeys on buses annually in the north west, and the
NSW Government is working hard to meet this demand.
“We know that the journey to work can be frustrating, and these extra buses in the north west are helping customers get to work in the morning and travel home as fast as possible to spend more time with their family and friends,” Mr Elliott said.
“Not only are the new services on routes between the Hills District and employment areas in the Sydney CBD, North Sydney and Macquarie Park, but we’re also increasing connectivity within Western Sydney, with more 10 extra trips per week on route 711 between Parramatta and Blacktown.”
Mr Perrottet said the new Hillsbus services that were introduced from the start of August on both on weekdays and weekends are just one of many service improvements rolling out with the start of the new bus contract.
New buses and a stronger focus on reliability and on-time running are among the other benefits a new bus operator contract will bring Hillsbus customers.
“We’ve listened to customers, monitored patronage on different routes and are increasing services where there’s demand,” Mr Perrottet said.
Customers will also enjoy the benefits of 26 new buses that have already started carrying customers in the region.
“These new buses are modern, air-conditioned and fully accessible, with CCTV monitoring for increased security,” Mr Perrottet said.
“The new contract also holds the operator to a strict performance criteria, with 95 per cent of services required to run on time.”
The new bus service contract is servicing the region that includes Blacktown, Dural, Castle Hill, Rouse Hill and services to the City CBD, North Sydney, Parramatta and Macquarie Park.
Mr Perrottet said the extra bus services were just the latest wins delivered for customers.
“Last month Opal electronic ticketing was rolled out to 600 Hillsbus services, signalling the end to having tickets marked off manually with a pen for hundreds of thousands of customers,” Mr Perrottet said.
“Opal means cheaper fares for the vast majority, travel rewards and incentives across buses, trains, ferries and light rail, plus easier and more convenient travel, with no more ticket queues or fumbling for coins.
“Hillsbus was also among the first bus operators to introduce double decker buses, and customers are loving these new vehicles that are improving reliability and increasing capacity across Greater Sydney’s bus network.”
As well as extra trips on a number of key routes, there will be some variations to existing routes. Customers are being informed about the changes by advertising in newspapers, as well as information online and on board buses and at bus stops interchanges across the Hillsbus network .
To plan your journey on Hillsbus and all train, bus, ferry and light rail services, call the Transport Info Line on 131 500 or visit transportinfo.nsw.