Not enough accessible buses
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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.