The booming North-West region will get an unprecedented boost of 1000 extra bus services ahead of new Metro trains arriving every four minutes.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance announced the surge in extra buses while inspecting construction progress at Cudgegong Road Station, the first station on Sydney Metro – Australia’s biggest public transport project.
The new services are a part of more than 1700 extra weekly bus trips that are coming online across Sydney, the Illawarra, the Central Coast and the Hunter.
The services will begin in February and will be delivered under the NSW Government’s Growth Services Program, which provides more bus services for customers when and where they are needed.
Ms Berejiklian said the Hills District is growing to twice the size of Canberra in the coming decades and will be home to more than 600,000 people, and demand is rising.
“Greater Western Sydney is experiencing an unparalleled period of revitalisation and growth, and the Hills District is right at the centre.
“We’re keeping pace with that growth by meeting the transport needs both now and into the future,” Ms Berejiklian said.
Cudgegong Road is one of 13 Sydney Metro stations opening in 2019 with a train every four minutes each direction during the peak.
Mr Constance said the new station canopy at Cudgegong Road was taking shape, and will be an iconic transport hub for the North West.
“Sydney Metro is coming to life before our eyes as part of NSW’s unprecedented building boom. While Metro is on track – we’re boosting bus services by an additional 1000 per week,” Mr Constance said.
“Whether it’s Blacktown, Parramatta, Rouse Hill, Prospect or Kellyville – what we’re providing today is more choice to get out of the car.”
When complete, Cudgegong Road Station will have 1000 car parking spaces, as well as bus bays, taxis ranks and passenger drop-off zones.
The extra bus services start from February 19. Extra services will be added to routes that not only connect people across the region, but also to the major employment centres of Sydney and Parramatta.
Since March 2011, the NSW Government has introduced more than 16,100 extra weekly public transport services.
The new Hills bus services will be introduced across 10 routes:
• Route 605 North Kellyville to Rouse Hill Town Centre (Over 160 services)
• Route 607X Rouse Hill to City via M2 (125 services)
• Routes 610, 610X, M61 Rouse Hill and Castle Hill to City via M2 (over 110 services)
• Route 611 Blacktown to Macquarie Park via M2 (Over 210 services)
• Route 615X North Kellyville to City via M2 (30 services)
• Route 619 Rouse Hill to Macquarie Park via Castle Hill and M2 (Over 70 services)
• Routes 620X Dural and Cherrybrook to City via M2 (40 services)
• Route 621 Castle Hill to City via Cherrybrook and Macquarie Park (Over 50 services)
• Route 700 Blacktown to Parramatta via Prospect and Mays Hill (Over 150 services)
• Routes T65, T66 Rouse Hill Town Centre to Parramatta via T-way (130 services)
New vision of the Cudgegong Road Station canopy available for download here.