More than 8600 new weekly pub­lic trans­port ser­vices will com­mence at the end of this month in New South Wales

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More than 8600 new weekly pub­lic trans­port ser­vices will start at the end of this month in New South Wales.

NSW Premier Gla­dys Bere­jik­lian says this is a ground-break­ing mo­ment for pub­lic trans­port that will trans­form the state’s net­work.

“We are giv­ing thou­sands of cus­tomers an early Christ­mas present this year with more ser­vices and bet­ter con­nec­tions be­tween modes to help them get to where they need to go,” Bere­jik­lian says.

“This will mark the big­gest ever change to our trans­port net­work and means that we have added 27,000 ad­di­tional weekly trans­port ser­vices since 2011.”

Al­most 7000 new weekly bus ser­vices on routes serv­ing the North­ern Beaches, East­ern Sub­urbs, In­ner West, Lower North Shore and North­ern Sub­urbs, Macarthur and Hills Districts will be added.

It also in­cludes more than 1500 new weekly train ser­vices across the net­work, of which 750 are week­end ser­vices.

Min­is­ter for Trans­port and In­fra­struc­ture An­drew Con­stance says an in­for­ma­tion cam­paign will start from to­day to help cus­tomers gear up for the im­prove­ments and plan their new com­mutes.

“We have bet­ter aligned bus ser­vices to con­nect with trains ser­vices, we have added new routes, im­proved ex­ist­ing routes, re­duced jour­ney times and ul­ti­mately max­imised the net­work to meet the grow­ing de­mand,” he says.

“We are go­ing to make sure ev­ery­one knows th­ese timetable changes are com­ing so cus­tomers can ex­pect to see ex­ten­sive ad­ver­tis­ing with plenty of in­for­ma­tion and an­nounce­ments at sta­tions, ferry wharves and on buses across the pub­lic trans­port net­work.

“De­mand for pub­lic trans­port is go­ing through the roof. In ad­di­tion to game- chang­ing projects like Syd­ney Metro, we are giv­ing cus­tomers what they need on the ex­ist­ing pub­lic trans­port net­work with more ser­vices, more of­ten.”

Th­ese mea­sures are part of the NSW Gov­ern­ment’s $1.5 bil­lion More Trains, More Ser­vices pro­gram.

“We are giv­ing thou­sands of cus­tomers an early Christ­mas present this year with more ser­vices and bet­ter con­nec­tions”

Above: Just shy of 7000 new weekly bus ser­vices will be added to the New South Wales net­work next month

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