Syd­ney’s boom­ing north-west re­gion will re­ceive a boost of 1000 ex­tra bus ser­vices

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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.

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