IN A big win for readers of The Weekly Times, there will be four hundred new buses to serve the Lane Cove Electorate which will cover Macquarie Park, Gladesville and Hunters Hill.
Lane Cove MP Anthony Roberts announced the new buses yesterday which he said are in response to the increased demand.
The new services are being funded through the New South Wales Government’s Growth Services Program, which delivers more buses for customers when and where they’re needed.
“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,” Mr Roberts said.
“As Sydney continues to grow, we need to make sure that we are delivering enough services to meet the needs of the community.
“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.
“Key destinations served by route 530 include Burwood, Five Dock, Russell Lea, Drummoyne, Hunters Hill, Linley Point, Lane Cove and Chatswood.”
Mr Roberts stressed there will timetable improvements as the result of customer feedback , also recently raised in an article in The Weekly Times.
“In direct response to increased demand, we will be adding 10 extra services a week to Route 285 between the City and Mars Road,” he said.
“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.
There will also be an extra 10 weekly services on Route 292 between the City and Marsfield via Lane Cove and Macquarie Park
In great news for East Ryde, Mr Roberts confirmed more than 30 services will serve Route 506 between the City and East Ryde which have now been extended to and from Macquarie University as well as 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.
Mr Roberts also stressed that new timetables will be available online using the trip planner at transportnsw.info and customers can receive bus service updates for their area by following @BusesInfo or phoning the Transport Info Line on 131 500.
Bus enthusiasts will also welcome the restoration of the famous old models.
“With the phasing out of the ‘bendy’ buses and the re-introduction of Double Deckers, Bus travel will again become an adventure,” Mr Roberts said.