NSW STATE GOVT TO INCREASE BUS SERVICES


COMMUTERS SHOULD BENEFIT from NSW State Government plans to increase the number of public bus services by 14,000 per week during the next four years in Sydney, the Illawarra, the Hunter and the Central Coast areas, it was announced recently.

NSW STATE GOVT TO INCREASE BUS SERVICES
The number of public bus services is set to increase by 14,000 per week during the next four years in Sydney, the Illawarra, the Hunter and the Central Coast areas, says the NSW Government.

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said the NSW Liberals & Nationals have worked hard to improve bus services across the state and this commitment would take the total number of services added since they were elected to 50,000.

"We will continue our record investment in public transport by adding thousands of extra weekly bus services to boost service frequency and the hours buses operate," Minster Constance said.

"More people than ever before are using the bus network. Patronage has risen by almost 55 per cent over the past eight years, from 214 million trips a year to 332 million trips.

"By putting on more bus services we are making it easier for commuters to leave their cars at home easing congestion on our roads."

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Suburbs that will benefit from the extra bus services include Riverstone, Schofields, Leppington, Macquarie Park, The Entrance, Raymond Terrace, and Shellharbour, the government claims.

Member for Holsworthy Melanie Gibbons says the new bus services will be better aligned to connect with local train stations, including those along the new Sydney Metro line.

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"The NSW Liberals and Nationals are building a better public transport network having already added more than 32,000 weekly bus services across the state." 

"In contrast, when Labor was last in government they cancelled 1,500 weekly bus services," she said.

Liberal Candidate for Liverpool Paul Zadro welcomed the commitment to improve services in Liverpool.

"We have seen substantial growth in Liverpool, so I want to see a focus on boosting service frequency and the hours buses operate in our community," Zadro said.

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