The community is invited to view the submissions report on proposed changes to bus stops at Baulkham Hills and Castle Hill now available online.
Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott said the proposed improvements will be delivered as part of the NSW Government’s Bus Priority Infrastructure Program which aims to improve the reliability of bus services.
“As part of the program, the NSW Government is making changes to a number of bus stops on some of Sydney’s busiest routes,” Mr Elliott said.
“Bus stops will be removed or extended to reduce the number of locations buses need to stop and some stops will be moved to the departure side of traffic lights to reduce delays for buses.
“Infrastructure improvements at bus stops between Castle Hill and Baulkham Hills include changes to bus stop signage and lengthening some bus stops to improve access for buses and assist passenger boarding and alighting.”
“Bus stops near schools, aged care facilities and shopping centres have been carefully considered to ensure access to these vital services is maintained.”
Mr Elliott said following feedback from the community a number of bus stops will be retained, including the bus stop on Old Northern Road near Stockland Baulkham Hills Shopping Centre at Baulkham Hills.
“Bus stops on Old Northern Road near Oxley Avenue and Edward Street at Baulkham Hills will also be retained for customers,” Mr Elliott said.
“The proposed improvements aim to provide a more reliable, efficient and convenient bus network for customers.”
Mr Elliott said Transport for NSW and Roads and Maritime Services invited comments on the proposed changes in May and June last year and received 99 submissions, including some from a number of organisations.
“The main comments received included support for improved bus reliability, safety for school children, access to bus services and concerns about additional walking distances, particularly for less mobile commuters,” Mr Elliott said.
“After considering all feedback provided, Transport for NSW and Roads and Maritime Services have adjusted the proposal to retain three bus stops on Old Northern Road which provide access to essential services such as shopping centres and schools, including Baulkham Hills High School and The Hills College Baulkham Hills campus.
“The community and stakeholders are thanked for taking the time to provide feedback.
“All comments and feedback provided by the community and stakeholders have been carefully considered and work on the improvements is expected to start later this year.”
For the latest information and to view the community consultation report visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/sydney-north/bus-stops-castle-hill-baulkham-hills/index.html.