Con­cerns over im­pact of changes to bus routes

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COM­MUTERS, in­clud­ing the el­derly and school­child­ren, will be forced to walk fur­ther to catch a bus when changes to routes around the re­gion come into ef­fect next week.

Cus­tomers trav­el­ling through Will­mot and Ropes Cross­ing will mostly be af­fected, with changes to Route 759, which trav­els from Mt Druitt to St Marys via Emer­ton.

The bus will no longer travel along part of Palmyra Ave, forc­ing com­muters to walk fur­ther to bus stops.

The route will now in­stead run di­rectly from Will­mot to Ropes Cross­ing via Australis Drive.

Pauline Gar­mon­sway has lived in Will­mot for more than 40 years, and said the area had been over­looked by the changes and she was con­cerned about the safety of school­child­ren.

“Th­ese changes are not good enough. A lot of peo­ple catch the bus along Palmyra Ave,” Ms Gar­mon­sway said.

“A lot of Cap­tain Cook Drive is hor­ren­dous. It is a busy road, which a lot of school­child­ren use.”

A Trans­port NSW spokesman said the changes would pro­vide a quicker jour­ney.

“Route 759 will no longer op­er­ate along part of Palmyra Ave, at Will­mot, and will no longer op­er­ate along Ropes Cross­ing Blvd, be­tween Su­san­nah Drive and Hol­lows Pde, at Ropes Cross­ing,” he said.

“Res­i­dents in the vicin­ity will need to walk to al­ter­na­tive bus stops nearby.

“Route 759 ser­vices will run in both di­rec­tions on Cap­tain Cook Drive, so some cus­tomers might need to catch the bus from the op­po­site side of the road.”

Com­muters catching the bus be­tween Hol­lows Pde and Pul­ley Drive may also have to catch the bus on the op­po­site side of the road.

Busways Group ser­vice de­vel­op­ment man­ager An­drew Glass said: “The route amend­ment is be­ing made to im­prove ac­ces­si­bil­ity for res­i­dents in the new por­tion of Ropes Cross­ing.”

The Trans­port NSW spokesman said a new bus net­work be­tween Black­town and Mt Druitt had also been im­ple­mented.

“Th­ese new routes will give cus­tomers more direct links to em­ploy­ment, shop­ping and ser­vices at Black­town and Mt Druitt,” he said.

In­for­ma­tion on the new bus routes can be found at trans­portnsw.info or by phon­ing 13 15 00.

Pic­ture: DAVID SWIFT

Pauline Gar­mon­sway is wor­ried about the im­pact the new bus timetable will have on el­derly res­i­dents in Ropes Cross­ing and Will­mot.

Lor­raine Roberts with her fa­ther’s ser­vice medals.

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