THE NSW Government last week announced that more than 8,600 new weekly public transport services will start on November 26 as part of an updated timetable that will provide more trains, more ferries, more buses and a new transport network, the Northern Beaches B-line.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian described the announcement as a ground-breaking moment for public transport that will transform the network, with the additional services including:
- More than 1,500 new weekly train services across the network, including 750 new weekend services;
- Almost 7,000 new weekly bus services on routes serving the Northern Beaches, Eastern Suburbs, Inner West, Lower North Shore and Northern Suburbs, Macarthur and Hills Districts;
- Introduction of the new B-Line for the Northern Beaches with over 2,000 weekly services; and
- More than 140 extra weekly ferry services including a new Cross Harbour ferry route linking the Eastern Suburbs, Lower North Shore, Inner West and Sydney CBD.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said an information campaign has now commenced to help customers prepare for the improvements and plan their new commutes.
"We have better aligned bus services to connect with trains services, we have added new routes, improved existing routes, reduced journey times and ultimately maximised the network to meet the growing demand," Mr Constance said.
"Demand for public transport is going through the roof. In addition to game changing projects like Sydney Metro, we are giving customers what they need on the existing public transport network with more services, more often."
The new timetable forms part of the NSW Government's $1.5 billion 'More Trains, More Services' program, which aims to boost network capacity with more services, better infrastructure and 24 brand new eight-carriage trains.
More information is available from Transport for NSW's 'More Trains More Services' website at <https://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/projects/more-trains-more-services>.