Two new, free ‘village to village’ shuttle bus routes will begin operating next month to improve connections between local communities and essential services and facilities.
The routes – from Redfern to Camperdown via Green Square, and from Millers Point to Broadway via Pyrmont – will operate on Thursdays and Fridays between 8.45am and 5pm.
They will add to the City of Sydney’s two longstanding free services from Redfern to Broadway and Broadway to Woolloomooloo.
The City funds the services through a grant to South East Sydney Community Transport, which operates the buses.
Funding is set to increase to $189,000 for 2013/14 with the introduction of the new routes, which fill a gap in the services provided by regular bus operators and provide vital connections for communities with limited access to public transport.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the new routes would play an essential role in linking central Sydney and its surrounding villages.
“Accessible and integrated public transport makes our city more liveable and helps connect our communities,” the Lord Mayor said.
“The two new village to village routes, on top of the two the City already runs, will give people better access to essential services, businesses and friends that otherwise would be hard to reach.”
The new routes and destinations were created in consultation with local residents, members of community services and passengers of the existing village to village services.
The Redfern to Camperdown route begins at Poets Corner in Redfern, with planned stops at Danks Street plaza in Waterloo, Green Square station, Erskineville station and shops, King Street, Newtown Library, and the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Camperdown.
The second new route makes its way from Millers Point to Pyrmont, with planned stops at the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre, Sydney Fish Markets and Broadway shopping centre.
Lesley Chandler uses the Poets Corner to Broadway service, to help her get to and from the shops.
“I use the service both days, I might forget something one day but I know I can go the next day to pick it up,” Mrs Chandler said.
“It’s a pleasure to catch as you are always welcomed with a nice greeting by the driver, and I have made some very nice friends as well.”
An average of 100 trips per day are taken on each village to village bus, with over 20,000 passengers getting where they need to go each year across the two existing routes.
For more information, visit: http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/explore/getting-around/community-transport
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