Election shuttle

With the NSW election just 12 days away, Premier Kristina Keneally today deployed free shuttle buses across Sydney and Newcastle

Election shuttle
Election shuttle

March 14, 2011

Getting to the polling booths on election day just got a little easier with NSW Premier Kristina Keneally and Transport Minister John Robertson announcing six free shuttle bus services starting today.

Robertson says the addition of the shuttle buses means 1860 extra services operating across Sydney and Newcastle from this morning.

"The new bus services starting today alone include seven free shuttle bus routes for local communities and the 13th Metrobus service," he says.

Blacktown, Cabramatta, Penrith and Bankstown in the west, Kogarah in the south and Newcastle to the north each get a free shuttle in the wake of a raft of new Metrobus services coming into line by the end of 2011 – if Labor is re-elected.

Keneally also announced the completion of 13 Metrobus routes with the start of Metrobus 92 from Sutherland to Parramatta via Bankstown.

"Under a Keneally Government, Metrobuses will be expanded right into the heart of greater western Sydney," she says.

"We’re injecting Metrobus routes into Liverpool, Westmead, Mt Druitt, Rouse Hill, Quakers Hill, Bonnyrigg, Wetherill Park and Plumpton.

Keneally says residents in these communities will have access to a bus service every ten minutes in peak hour and every 15 to 20 minutes in the off-peak and on weekends.

Member for Mt Druitt Richard Amery, a recipient of the expanded services, says Metrobuses have been popular across other parts of Sydney with more than 11 million passengers using the services since they started in late 2008.

"I’m delighted to have our very own Metrobus service for Mt Druitt, providing an important link between Westfield, the Hospital, TAFE and other suburbs in the North West," Amery says.

New Metrobus routes proposed to start by the end of 2011 are Metrobus 65 from Rouse Hill to Parramatta via Norwest Business Park and Westmead Hospital, Metrobus 71 from Mt Druitt to Castle Hill via Mt Druitt, Plumpton, Quakers Hill and Norwest Business Park, and Metrobus 80 from Liverpool to Parramatta via Miller, Bonnyrigg, Prairiewood and Wetherill Park.

The NSW Government will also fund the popular, high frequency free Parramatta loop bus.

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