Sydney’s booming north-west region will receive a boost of 1000 extra bus services
Sydney’s booming northwest region will receive an unprecedented boost of 1000 extra bus services as part of an upgraded public transport service that will also see Metro trains arriving every four minutes.
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance announced the surge in extra buses while inspecting construction progress at Cudgegong Road Station, the first station on Sydney Metro – Australia’s biggest public transport project.
The new services are a part of more than 1700 extra weekly bus trips that are coming online across Sydney, the Illawarra, the Central Coast and the Hunter.
The services will begin this month and will be delivered under the NSW Government’s Growth Services Program, which provides more bus services for customers when and where they are needed.
Berejiklian says the Hills District is growing and will be twice the size of Canberra in the coming decades, becoming home to more than 600,000 people.
“Greater Western Sydney is experiencing an unparalleled period of revitalisation and growth, and the Hills District is right at the centre,” she says.
“We’re keeping pace with that growth by meeting the transport needs both now and into the future.”
Cudgegong Road is one of 13 Sydney Metro stations opening in 2019, with a train departing every four minutes in each direction during the peak.
Constance says the new station canopy at Cudgegong Road is now taking shape and will be an iconic transport hub for the north-west.
“Sydney Metro is coming to life before our eyes as part of NSW’s unprecedented building boom. While Metro is on track, we’re boosting bus services by an additional 1000 per week,” he says.
“Whether it’s Blacktown, Parramatta, Rouse Hill, Prospect or Kellyville – what we’re providing is more choice to get out of the car.”
When complete, Cudgegong Road Station will have 1000 car parking spaces as well as bus bays, taxis ranks and passenger drop- off zones.
The extra bus services start from February 19. Additional services will not only connect people across the region, but also to the major employment centres of Sydney and Parramatta.
The NSW Government has introduced more than 16,100 extra weekly public transport services since March 2011.