More buses for NSW

580 bus services will be added in Western Sydney and Newcastle, the NSW Government has announced

Bus users will Western Sydney and Newcastle will soon be well catered for, with 580 new services to be rolled out.

A fleet of new wheelchair-accessible buses that will improve customer experience and make public transport an option for those with limited mobility, will also start servicing the Hunter region.

Included is a new Sydney metro Route 729 now in operation between Mt Druitt and Blacktown, offering direct services to Blacktown and Mt Druitt train stations and jobs at Eastern Creek and Arndell Park.

NSW Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance says the boost to bus services is due to a multi-million dollar investment and will make a big difference to public transport users in these areas.

 "This new service is the first step in updating all bus services to the south of the railway line between Mount Druitt and Blacktown," he says.

"This is in addition to improvements being delivered in Newcastle, including 69 extra weekly bus services for customers in Charlestown, Glendale and Cameron Park from today."

Two new air-conditioned buses which are accessible for wheelchair customers will be delivered to the Hunter by June 30, to service routes around Cameron Park, Green Hills and Glendale.

A further 23 buses will be delivered after July and used to replace ageing buses in the Newcastle fleet for use on routes around Belmont, Wallsend, Sandgate and Newcastle.

"Since first coming to office in March 2011, the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government has delivered more than 10,920 extra bus services, 1,730 extra train services and 220 extra ferry services each week," Constance says.

"This is great news for customers who want more travel options."

More than half of these additional services will run on the 729 from Mount Druitt to Blacktown route, while there will be 133 services added for Parramatta to Liverpool.

30 extra services will run from Blaxcell Street to Parramatta, 30 more will operate from Cameron Park to Charlestown, 34 extra services will assist on the West Wallsend to Newcastle University route and there will be five more trips from Killingworth to Glendale every day.

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