Support for plan

The NSW Bus Industry welcomes the release of the Sydney’s Bus Future Plan, although there are calls for more focus on Tourism and Charter services.

Sydney’s Bus Future is a long-term plan for the city’s bus network produced by the NSW Government and was released earlier this week.

BusNSW Executive Director Darryl Mellish says the organisation welcomes the commitment to greater bus priority infrastructure to assist operators to meet reliability targets, which ultimately benefit the customer.

He says BusNSW is also advocating greater attention be given to Tourist and Charter services in and around Sydney which need to be planned in conjunction with timetabled regular passenger services.

But as for the new plan of amending route services, BusNSW are in agreement with the Transport Ministry.

"To build patronage and take cars off the road, it is important that the public transport network is well designed and has capacity," he says.

"There is a need to ensure additional buses to cater for growth are planned strategically and also take into account the impact on bus manufacturers."

The simpler, faster, better approach to improving bus services is supported by the industry and it would like to see this flow through to contract settings and the NSW regulatory environment.

Mellish says the main challenge for implementation of the Sydney’s Bus Future Plan will be the effectiveness of the contract system to deliver the customer experience and value for money expected.

Other challenges include the early provision of the infrastructure needs to support improved frequency and coverage with attractive travel times and improved connectivity between modes.

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