Public Transport is a hot topic in Lane Cove. In the Cove is regularly sent pictures of long bus lines or pictures of buses zooming past the Lane Cove Interchange already full. This has led to a public campaign for more buses and it appears that the Transport for NSW has finally acted.
The improvements follow a meeting between Anthony Roberts, Minister for Transport & Infrastructure Andrew Constance and representatives from Transport for NSW to address the growing popularity of bus services coming through the Lane Cove Interchange. Last year ITC arranged for Anthony Roberts and Transport for NSW to ride the 251 bus and see the crowded buses and the queues.
Lane Cove ALP recently hosted a public bus forum to discuss the lack of buses in Lane Cove. The keynote speaker was the NSW Shadow Minister for Transport Jodi Mckay (who was a very impressive speaker).
The NSW Government has responded to the community pressure by announcing more than 400 weekly bus services for Lane Cove.
Anthony Roberts released the following press release today:
Member for Lane Cove, Anthony Roberts has welcomed the NSW Government’s announcement of more than 400 extra weekly bus services in the Lane Cove area in response to increased demand.
The new services, which will begin on 4 June, have been made possible by the NSW Government’s Growth Services Program, which delivers more buses for customers when and where they’re needed.
“As Sydney continues to grow, we need to make sure that we are delivering enough services to meet the needs of the community,” Mr Roberts said.
“For that reason, we’ve created new services on routes that service Lane Cove linking the City, Lane Cove West, Marsfield, Macquarie Park, and Macquarie University.
“The biggest news is the introduction of the new Route 530 which will provide new, direct access between the Inner West and Lower North Shore, operating every 20 minutes during weekday morning and afternoon peak times, and every 30 minutes at other times, seven days a week.
“Key destinations served by route 530 include Burwood, Five Dock, Russell Lea, Drummoyne, Hunters Hill, Linley Point, Lane Cove and Chatswood.
“There will also be some timetable improvements as the result of customer feedback about how we can improve our services.
“In direct response to increased demand, we will be adding 10 extra services a week to Route 285 between the City and Mars Road. These community-led improvements are similar to the calls for extra services that led to more weekly services between Epping Road and the City, which were introduced in April.”
Other additional services that will enhance journeys for Lane Cove include:
- More than 60 additional weekly services on Route 252 between Lane Cove West and the City, which will be extended to deliver new links between Gladesville, Hunters Hill, Linley Point and the lower North Shore, including Artarmon, Gore Hill, Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards and North Sydney.
- An extra 10 weekly services on Route 292 between the City and Marsfield via Lane Cove and Macquarie Park.
- More than 30 services on Route 506 between the City and East Ryde now extended to and from Macquarie University.
- More than 50 extra weekly services on Route 518 Macquarie University to City via Gladesville
In conjunction with the introduction of new Route 530 and changes to Route 252, there will also be timetable changes to existing Route 536 between Gladesville, Hunters Hill and Chatswood. This will be modified to operate during weekday morning and afternoon peak periods only, with services outside of these times replaced by routes 252 and 530.
At the same time, Route 265 from Lane Cove will operate to and from North Sydney instead of McMahons Point, reducing duplication of services operating between North Sydney and McMahons Point. Travel options between McMahons Point and North Sydney will still be available on routes 254 and 291.
New timetables will be available online using the trip planner at transportnsw.info, plan trips by downloading real-time transport apps, and customers can receive bus service updates for their area by following @BusesInfo on Twitter or phoning the Transport Info Line on 131 500.
Thank you to everyone who has provided information to In the Cove on this issue – you have been great roving reporters.
Is this enough? There are no new changes mentioned for the 251 (however that could be because the 530 is supposed to work in conjunction with the 251). What are your thoughts?
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