BRIDGE BUS TRIAL EXTENDED
A FREE BAYLINK SHUTTLE BUS trial - providing a handy link with 10-minute frequency between Rhodes and Wentworth Point in Sydney for the past three months – has been extended until 31 May, it was recently announced, with organisers still seeking valuabe feedback to help Parramatta Council determine if it should be continued.
Launched on 29 January, 2018, the trial is expected to have seen around 150,000 passengers use the service by the time it was to originally end on 27 April, according to a Wentworth Point landowners alliance made up of the Billbergia Group, Sekisui House, Homebush Bay Holding’s and Homebush Bay Properties.
However, although online commuter feedback seems mostly positive of the free popular service itself, not all of the 11,000 Wentworth Point locals are convinced of the property devoloper’s intent, with some critics taking to social media to raise doubts about the longterm implications of the plan.
Commenting via the Wentworth Point Community Central Facebook page, respondant Elaine Tan said, “If this means more apartments will be built in exchange for it, then forget it,” she said.
Another, Jingsheng Li, said, “I MUST highlight to everyone who is filling up the [feedback] survey that the trial is part of the Billbergia’s proposal for future development - which means its intention to put even higher density to WWP [Wentworth Point], e.g. you would end up [seeing] 35+ storey towers … one day.
“It is NOT just about promoting public transport, saving the earth.. etc, there is irreversible cost [to] the community … to enjoy today’s convenience provided by the developer!”
The future of the Baylink Shuttle service is currently under discussion with City of Parramatta Council, with the trial due to finish at the end of April, 2018.
As part of a review of the trial, Billbergia has commissioned surveys (https://www.research.net/r/keepbaylink and https://www.research.net/r/baylink) to help understand how people travel to and from Wentworth Point for work, and whether continuing the Baylink Shuttle will help move more people onto public transport.
According to the website www. homebusbaybridge.com.au, an update about the ongoing operation of the bus service will be provided once discussions with Council have progressed.