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.

In May 2021 the NSW Government announced the cutting of an additional 25 bus routes from the 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

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

As a community we have come together to oppose these cuts with over 100,000 signing petitions, we have held multiple debates in NSW Parliament and organised multiple rally’s to send the NSW Government a clear message about how we feel as a community about these outrageous changes and reduction to our services.  

On December 5th 2021, the NSW Government refused to listen to our community and removed an additional 24 bus routes and at least 50 bus stops from across the entire Eastern Suburbs.

This means that since 2018, the NSW Government has removed 30 bus routes from across the Eastern Suburbs.

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 has also resulted in community’s most vulnerable and isolated in the already isolating time of COVID-19 has made travel enormously difficult for everyone, many now experiencing discontent and disconnect and further isolation as they cannot no longer access public transport.

The outpouring of community opposition for these cuts and the Save Our Buses campaign, has won some key victories

  1. We have forced the NSW Government to halt the privatisation of our buses indefinitely
  2. We have secured a Upper House Public Enquiry into these cuts and the impact of privatisation of public transport

That’s where you come in.

There is still a lot to be done, and the campaign to Save Our Buses is not over. If our community is to win in the public inquiry we need everyone possible to share their stories of how these cuts are affecting them.

 

To stay up to date with our campaign including key dates for the enquiry, join the campaign to Save Our Buses below