SYD­NEY COACH TER­MI­NAL EXCLUDED IN CEN­TRAL STA­TION UP­GRADE

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A NEW RE­GIONAL COACH TER­MI­NAL at Syd­ney’s iconic Cen­tral Sta­tion is not part of re­de­vel­op­ment plans, ac­cord­ing to a doc­u­ment by the NSW State Gov­ern­ment re­leased re­cently.

The Tourism and Trans­port Plan,

Sup­port­ing the Vis­i­tor Econ­omy – which is now live on­line and part of the over­all Fu­ture Trans­port 2056 ini­tia­tive – does not com­mit to build­ing a coach ter­mi­nal any time soon, cat­e­goris­ing it only as be­ing “for in­ves­ti­ga­tion” some­time within the next 10 years.

Ac­cord­ing to Trans­port for NSW (TfNSW) the Tourism and Trans­port Plan is, “now fi­nalised, set­ting out how the trans­port net­work can help achieve the NSW gov­ern­ment tar­get of $25 bil­lion in re­gional overnight vis­i­tor ex­pen­di­ture by 2030, and grow tourism to achieve $55 bil­lion in NSW through the same pe­riod.

WHAT’S GO­ING ON?

“In April last year, coach ser­vices were re­lo­cated to the Western Con­course. This im­proved con­nec­tiv­ity for cus­tomers with a taxi rank, ‘kiss and ride’ drop-off area, eas­ier ac­cess to NSW TrainLink fa­cil­i­ties, tick­et­ing ser­vices, bet­ter ac­cess to seat­ing, toi­lets and re­fresh­ment op­tions within the Grand Con­course.

“Re­newal of the precinct has al­ready started through ini­tial im­prove­ments in and around Cen­tral Sta­tion with the de­liv­ery of Syd­ney Metro, in­clud­ing Cen­tral Walk, CBD and South East Light Rail projects.

“The NSW gov­ern­ment is also look­ing to re­vi­talise Cen­tral Sta­tion and the wider precinct, in­clud­ing new pub­lic spa­ces that are bet­ter con­nected to a multi-model trans­port in­ter­change.”

CUS­TOMER OUT­COMES

Cit­ing four ar­eas of ‘cus­tomer out­comes’ that have helped shape the di­rec­tives of the plan, such as: im­proved roads, signs and rest ar­eas; first and last mile road net­work im­prove­ments for re­gional vis­i­tor des­ti­na­tions; and ex­tend­ing pub­lic trans­port ser­vices to sup­port the night-time econ­omy (Nightride buses) – it raises the is­sue of “mak­ing trans­port the at­trac­tion”.

Later, un­der a sec­tion en­ti­tled ‘Ex­pe­ri­enc­ing trans­port hubs’ it adds that: “Our trans­port hubs op­er­ate as gate­ways for vis­i­tors us­ing our trans­port sys­tem. We are in­vest­ing in our trans­port in­ter­changes to im­prove the ex­pe­ri­ence for all of our cus­tomers, in­clud­ing vis­i­tors.”

It adds that Cen­tral Sta­tion is a key trans­port hub in the NSW trans­port net­work.

THE COACHES

In terms of which coaches might most ben­e­fit from a new re­gional coach ter­mi­nal – thereby best pro­mot­ing this type of trans­port mode to tourists – on July 1, 2013, NSW TrainLink re­placed the re­gional train and coach ser­vices that were formerly pro­vided by Coun­tryLink. It also took on the In­ter­city ser­vices op­er­at­ing from the Syd­ney CBD,

When ABC mag­a­zine con­tacted TfNSW to clar­ify its po­si­tion, a spokesper­son re­sponded:

“Trans­port for NSW is con­stantly seek­ing ways to im­prove ser­vices for cus­tomers.

“Trans­port for NSW is con­stantly seek­ing ways to im­prove ser­vices.”

formerly op­er­ated by Ci­tyRail (now known as Syd­ney Trains), it says.

Ear­lier this year NSW TrainLink started, “tri­alling new coach ser­vices to bet­ter con­nect re­gional com­mu­ni­ties.”

It states th­ese ser­vices are de­signed to pro­vide new or ad­di­tional links be­tween: Tam­worth and New­cas­tle; Tam­worth and Dubbo; Tam­worth and Port Mac­quarie; Wagga Wagga and Al­bury; Wagga Wagga and Can­berra; Goul­burn and Syd­ney; Goul­burn and Can­berra; Bre­war­rina and Dubbo; Bourke and Dubbo; and Young and Syd­ney.

“Each trial aims to pro­vide new con­nec­tions for com­mut­ing, at­tend­ing med­i­cal or busi­ness ap­point­ments, shop­ping, recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties and catch­ing up with fam­ily and friends.”

Above: The $955 mil­lion Cen­tral Sta­tion trans­for­ma­tion doesn’t in­clude a new re­gional coach ter­mi­nal.

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