As ITC revealed last week the closure of the Chatswood to Epping Rail line will impact Lane Cove. ITC wrote to NSW Transport and asked them to advise what plans had been put in place to ensure Lane Cove commuters were not impacted.
A spokesperson for Transport NSW basically stated that as services were upgraded last year, Lane Cove should not expect any more buses. Their response in full was:
Customers in Lane Cove benefitted from more than 270 additional weekly bus services as part of the Growth Services program in November 2017. This includes additional services on routes 251, 285 and 292 between the Lane Cove area and the CBD, providing greater peak hour services to and from the Sydney CBD.
During the morning peak, routes 285 and 294 start from the Lane Cove area, providing more capacity specifically for Lane Cove customers. Articulated buses were introduced in November on route 292 to provide additional capacity on selected trips. New high-frequency Station Link services combined with a growing number of existing local bus services and new flexible On Demand services will more than adequately cater for demand to and from the Macquarie Park precinct. Station Link services will connect impacted stations at least every six minutes during the peak while Macquarie University, Macquarie Park and North Ryde stations are temporarily closed for around seven months ahead of Sydney Metro opening in 2019.
Customers should go to mysydney.nsw.gov.au for all the latest information including Station Link routes and frequencies.
How many articulated buses have you seen on the 292 route?
ITC is still waiting for a response from our local member the Hon Anthony Roberts on this issue.
At the April Lane Cove Council Meeting, held this week, Lane Cove Council resolved to write to the Hon Anthony Roberts and the Minister for Transport requesting confirmation that Lane Cove services and waiting times are maintained at the current level during the Chatswood to Epping Rail Closure.
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