Key Syd­ney busway re­opens af­ter tram works

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The ded­i­cated busway on An­zac Pa­rade along one of Syd­ney’s busiest cor­ri­dors has re­opened, help­ing speed up travel times for bus pas­sen­gers.

Thou­sands of bus com­muters from Syd­ney’s south east will ben­e­fit, now that con­struc­tion is com­plete on the foun­da­tions for the new light rail track, al­low­ing the Moore Park busway to re­open for ex­press bus ser­vices.

“I am pleased to get the busway at Moore Park is back open and op­er­at­ing around the light rail con­struc­tion, giv­ing com­muters and driv­ers some re­lief from con­ges­tion on the way to and from the CBD,” trans­port min­is­ter An­drew Con­stance says. “Ef­fec­tively, this will mean 170 buses are moved from gen­eral traf­fic on An­zac Pa­rade, back on to the ded­i­cated busway dur­ing the peaks while still al­low­ing us to build the light rail.

“We know that con­struct­ing this once-in-a-gen­er­a­tion pub­lic trans­port project means dis­rup­tion for driv­ers and com­muters, but we are com­mit­ted to keep­ing Syd­ney mov­ing as best we can.”

Mem­ber for Coogee Bruce Not­ley-Smith says com­muters have re­sponded well to the changed traf­fic con­di­tions and the re­open­ing of the key bus lane will help to ease the pres­sure.

“I want to thank com­muters for ad­just­ing their travel times and for their pa­tience over the past year,” he says.

“We know bus cus­tomers and road users have had to fac­tor ex­tra travel time into their day while con­struc­tion is un­der­way and di­ver­sions are in place and get­ting the busway back up and run­ning of­fers some respite.”

The South East Light Rail Project will rein­tro­duce the peo­ple of Syd­ney to trams, giv­ing them a whole new mode of pub­lic trans­port with turn-up-and-go pub­lic trans­port with ser­vices ev­ery four min­utes be­tween the CBD and Moore Park and ev­ery eight min­utes to and from Rand­wick and Kings­ford.

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