Bus services will be impacted on Monday 11 April due to industrial action. Bus services in the Inner West, Hills district, and parts of south, north, and western Sydney will run to a reduced timetable. Bus services in parts of Newcastle, the Hunter, Central Coast and Blue Mountains will also run to a reduced timetable. North Shore Region 7 buses are not impacted.
The Transport Workers Union and Rail Bus and Tram Union have advised Transit Systems, CDC NSW and Transdev that their members will be participating in a 24-hour stoppage of work on Monday 11 April from 12.01am.
Public transport users are advised to consider alternative travel options, plan ahead and check the apps on Monday 11 April as services will run to a reduced timetable and short notice cancellations are possible. Green physical distancing dots continue to guide customers on the best places to sit and stand on all modes and masks must be worn at all times.
Why are Lane Cove Buses Not Impacted by the Strike?
From 9 January 2022 Lane Cove buses which are part of Region 7 are now operated by Busways. You can read more about Busways taking over Region 7 here.
Busways drivers are not taking strict action.
Busways posted the following on their Facebook site:
“Busways North West, like many other bus operators, has had driver availability impacted by COVID-19, as well as an industry-wide driver shortage.
We are continuing to manage COVID-related impacts on our services and our priority is to maintain the highest safety standards for our staff and customers while continuing to provide reliable and consistent services to timetable.
In the event where service cancellations are necessary, we do our best to minimise the impact on customers by preserving service coverage across the network and limiting cancellations to high-frequency routes during short windows in the morning and afternoon peaks.”
We also asked Busways to confirm that staffing levels have not been reduced since they took over Region 7 – we were told that staffing numbers are the same as before, but they are having trouble recruiting drivers.
Easter Show Buses
Major event buses are planned to still operate on all nine routes to and from the Easter Show, however routes in regions affected by industrial action may be cancelled at short notice or operate a reduced timetable. If you are planning to drive, pre-book Easter Show parking in advance to secure your park.
Motorists can use the T2 and T3 transit lanes on Monday 11 April and will not be fined.
Keep Checking to See if Your Bus Has Not Been Cancelled Due to Driver Shortage
Download map of affected services (pdf 2.2MB). (see our cover photo).
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