BRIDGE BUS TRIAL EX­TENDED

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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.

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