Wednesday, 09 November 2016 11:51

Regional strategy needed for buses

Bus stop sign in Western Sydney. Bus stop sign in Western Sydney.

Media release, 9 November, 2016

 

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has called for a NSW Government-led review of Sydney’s bus network to improve public transport access and efficiency especially for Western Sydney.

WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “A recent study commissioned by WSROC found that around three quarters of Western Sydney residents will not live within a walkable distance of a train station by the year 2036.

“If this is going to be the case, we need to look at how these residents can be better served via other modes of public transport,” said Cr Bali.

“Currently, local government is responsible for designing and maintaining not only the local roads on which the majority of Sydney’s buses run, but also for the bus shelters that service the routes.

“Regardless of how well councils fulfil this role, a piece-meal approach to our city’s bus network means a lack of consistency around the function and quality of shelters, signage and suitability of roads to cope with public transport services,” he said.  

“As with rail and housing, we need the NSW Government to lead a regional approach to Sydney’s key bus corridors,” said Cr Bali.

“A regional approach would not only ensure buses are a more efficient transport option, but would allow us to create a more consistent, user-friendly service for the community.

“For example bus shelters in Western Sydney, where services are infrequent, need to offer better shelter against the elements and provide greater security than those in the East,” said Cr Bali. 

“A well-designed bus network also has the capacity to significantly expand the reach of existing and planned rail networks through multi-modal travel,” he said.

“WSROC invites RMS and Transport for NSW to work with local government to see how more attractive and efficient services can be achieved for the region,” said Cr Bali.

“To make these services effective and efficient, buses need to be able to travel on local roads as freely as possible, particularly on major routes.

“To achieve this a regional, coordinated approach is needed that addresses street treatments, integrating local with arterial roads, shelter design, bus route selection and timetabling,” said Cr Bali.

 

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Media contact: Kelly-Anne Gee, 02 9671 4333 (ext. 118), 0425 871 868 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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