Stuck in traffic again? I suggest to take a ride – car or bus – along New Canterbury Rd/Canterbury Rd, Petersham, Lewisham, Canterbury as far as Campsie. You will see literally hundreds of unit buildings (small villages/towns?) going up meaning that hundreds, even thousands of occupants will soon hit the main road. Many of these unit occupiers will have taken note of the advice from the previous State Minister for Transport that they would not need garage space as they are near to public transport but what public transport is available?. Bus routes 445 and 428 use this corridor and currently they appear to be on a 20min timetable – when they turn up, often running together. I know enough to know that holdups in Campsie’s Beamish St and King St Newtown can wreck timetables but what is the answer – put more buses on the routes surely.
Another point of dissatisfaction is the NOT IN SERVICE buses making the run back to a break on both the 428 (finishes at Canterbury Station) and 445 (finishing at Campsie). Surely, as they do not divert from set routes they should be able to pick up, on their way “home” instead of leaving customers (and voters) standing, watching several buses streak past.
My suggestion is:
*where the timetable says 20 min have 15 min intervals; where 15 min have 10 min intervals.
*allow buses NOT IN SERVICE to pick up on their way home
*has anyone ever thought of a shuttle bus/s on a continuous circuit picking up as they go round and round on these routes?
Minister Constance, your electorate is Bega and so you may not understand the transport problems of inner Sydney but they surely are among the most infuriating in this State. And with those thousands of unit occupants coming on line in the near future, I predict that there will be more and more frustrated voters.