Re: Sydney bus services cut for eastern suburbs in NSW government transport overhaul

The tram angle on this is that they're finally implementing forced
interchange of many bus routes with the tram at Kingsford and Randwick.
(Without doing the preparatory work like getting the journey time down to
under 30 minutes or moving the bus stops at Randwick to somewhere near the
tram terminus.)

Watch the shyte hit the fan from SE commuters now.

Slowness - the fatal flaw of "modern light rail".

Tony P

On Thursday, 6 May 2021 at 11:33:33 UTC+10a...@... wrote:





> Dozens of Sydney bus services cut in eastern suburbs transport overhaul

> Tom RabeMay 6, 2021 — 9.57am


> More than 20 bus routes will be cut from Sydney’s eastern suburbs and

> another 23 “modified” as part of a planned major overhaul of the region’s

> transport system.


> Transport Minister Andrew Constance confirmed on Thursday that 25 bus

> routes would be removed from the south east Sydney region as the government

> looks to funnel more people onto the CBD light rail.

> [image: More than 20 bus services will be cut under an overhaul of eastern

> suburbs public transport.]

> More than 20 bus services will be cut under an overhaul of eastern suburbs

> public transport.James Alcock


> As the government cuts bus services across the eastern suburbs, it will

> divert more towards the booming Green Square region, where patronage grew

> by 50 per cent between 2016 and 2019.


> Asked whether eastern suburbs commuters were being punished for poor

> planning decisions around the Green Square region, Mr Constance

> acknowledged the government was having to “retrofit” the area with

> transport options.


> “To be honest with you, I think it’s one of the worst examples in the

> country’s history where we’ve seen planning get ahead of mass transit

> solutions,” Mr Constance said.


> “It’s terrible to think that we’ve seen the highest concentration of

> apartment dwellings with next to no foresight into what we should do for a

> mass transit solution.”


> While dozens of services across the eastern suburbs will be impacted by

> the changes, Mr Constance said the capacity for the region would be boosted

> by 40 per cent during peak hour for commuters heading to the city.


> Among the services being cut are the popular 373 from Coogee to Circular

> Quay and the 393 from Little Bay to Central as well as the X40, X93 and X99.


> Mr Constance said light rail services would operate every four minutes

> between Circular Quay and Moore Park and every eight minutes between Moore

> Park, Randwick and Kingsford on weekdays between 7am and 7pm.


> “The L2 and L3 lines have changed the way customers travel to and from the

> CBD, by providing frequent turn-up-and-go services, so we need to update

> our bus schedules accordingly,” Mr Constance said.


> The minister said decisions to cut certain routes were based on 2019 Opal

> data given the massive downturn in patronage during the COVID-19 pandemic.

> Bus services cut


> 300, 301, 302, 309X, 310X, 314, 316, 317, 338, 353, 357, 372, 373, 376,

> 377, 391, 393, 394, 395, 400, 400N, L94, X40, X93, X99

> Bus services modified


> 303, 304, 307, 309, 313, 320, 339, 339X, 343, 347, 355, 362, 370, 373X,

> 374, 374X, 377X, 392, 397, 399, 418, 420, 420N


> Patronage growth on Sydney’s CBD light rail has outpaced all other modes

> in the bounceback from COVID-19, though it is returning from a much lower

> base.


> Commuters will be able to provide feedback to the plan before June 19,

> with the government aiming to implement the changes in late 2021.


> The *Herald* last year revealed


> the government was considering cutting several bus routes from Sydney’s

> eastern suburbs to make way for the CBD light rail.


> Labor member for Coogee Marjorie O’Neill said the cuts were worse than

> expected.


> “This will mean heavily used express services are permanently cut and

> thousands of people will face a far longer commute,” Ms O’Neill said.


> “This is nothing but a desperate attempt to prop up the failing light rail

> by forcing commuters on to it.”

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> [image: Tom Rabe]