Not enough ac­ces­si­ble buses

COM­MUTERS GROUP SAYS OTHER AR­EAS FARE MUCH BET­TER

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Jil­lian Mc­Kee For in­for­ma­tion on bus ser­vices, con­tact busways.com.au

MT DRUITT com­muters with dis­abil­i­ties and par­ents with prams are be­ing left stranded, with 40 per cent of buses in the area not hav­ing wheel­chair ac­ces­si­bil­ity.

Mt Druitt Com­muters Im­prove­ment Group spokesman John Svoboda said other ar­eas in Syd­ney had more than 80 per cent of their bus fleets wheelchairac­ces­si­ble. It was be­com­ing a grow­ing prob­lem, he said.

“I’m hear­ing and see­ing time and again, that in peak time there are is­sues when a buses ar­rives at a bus stand and is not wheel­chair and pram ac­ces­si­ble,” Mr Svoboda said”

“We have great bus ser­vices but we are a grow­ing pop­u­la­tion with lots of fam­i­lies and el­derly. We need to make sure we have the right ser­vices.”

Bus re­gions 6, 7 and 8 which cover ar­eas such as Le­ich­hardt and Drum­moyne and ar­eas sur­round­ing North Syd­ney in­clud­ing Chatswood, Manly and Mos­man, had more than 86 per cent of their fleet wheel­chair-ac­ces­si­ble.

A Trans­port for NSW spokesman said the depart­ment was work­ing to im­prove the Mt Druitt fleet.

“In the past 12 months eight new, low-floor, wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble buses have been added to this fleet,” the spokesman said.

“Trans­port for NSW also funds an on­go­ing bus re­place­ment pro­gram across all con­tracted oper­a­tors to re­place non-wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble buses with new low-floor ac­ces­si­ble ve­hi­cles when older buses reach their max­i­mum age.

“Ad­di­tion­ally, all new buses pur­chased by con­tracted oper­a­tors are re­quired to com­ply with the Dis­abil­ity Dis­crim­i­na­tion Act and in­clude air con­di­tion­ing and wheel­chair ac­cess,” the spokesman said.

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