Save Our Buses

High quality public transport in the Eastern Suburbs is one of my key areas of focus. I am committed to public buses because they take us where we need to go. They take us to hospitals, to work, to our schools, to the library, to the city, and to our local businesses. Buses take cars off the road, and ease congestion on our streets, as well as reduce our carbon footprint. The greatest impact we can have on all of these factors, is by having the light rail and our buses working together, not replacing one type of service with another.

On December 5th 2021, the NSW Government refused to listen to our community and removed an additional 25 bus routes and at least 50 bus stops from across the entire Eastern Suburbs. Including the 300, 301, 302, 309X, 310X, 314, 316, 317, 338, 353, 357, 372, 373, 376, 377, 391, 393, 394, 395, 400, 400N, L94, X40, X93, and X99.

These cuts are in addition to the 6 routes the NSW government has already reduced and cut services, including the M10, M50, 891, 893, 378 and 361 bus services

This means that since 2018, the NSW Government has removed 31 bus routes from across the Eastern Suburbs.

These cuts are designed to force people to use the light rail, and to stream line bus services before being sold off.

As of the 4th April 2022 the NSW Government has privatised the last remaining public buses in Sydney and TransDev are now the private operator of Region 9 which covers the Eastern and South-Eastern suburbs of Sydney and the Central Business District (CBD). After witnessing what has happened to bus services in the Inner West and Newcastle after their public buses were privatised, I have deep concerns about further cuts to our services. 

Since these cuts have come into effect, we have heard from thousands of people across our suburbs that it is now harder to access health care, get to work, do shopping and visit friends and family. Sadly, we have also heard that these cuts have also resulted in many of the community’s most vulnerable and isolated in the already isolating time of COVID-19 now experiencing discontent and disconnect and further isolation as they can no longer access public transport.

Myself and NSW Labor have been able to secure an Upper House inquiry into these cuts, as well as the privatisation of our buses. This inquiry is important as it provides our community with an opportunity to clearly demonstrate how these outrages cuts have impacted us and why they should be immediately reversed. You can view my submission to the inquiry on behalf of our community here

The inquiry has recently offered our community the rare opportunity to belatedly deliver input on the types of performance indicators they would like to see applied in Transdev's new contract, you can have your say using the survey below anytime before Friday 27 May 2022 

 

Please join our campaign to Save Our Buses and let me know how these changes have impacted you below: