SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME - PRIVATISED BUS SERVICE CUTS STOPS IN WESTERN SYDNEY

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Once again Western Sydney residents are the losers when it comes to transport under the Liberal State Government with almost 50 stops on one bus route alone set to be removed under the private operators. 

NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley has slammed the proposal that will see the private operator Transdev cut 48 stops – 13 of which are in Parramatta, Granville and South Granville - along the Metro bus M91 service.

He said it was absurd that bus stops will be cut in order to “improve journey times” along the route, which runs from Parramatta to Hurstville.

Two of the stops are located outside a senior social housing complex in South Granville. The 31 residents of the complex on Blaxcell Street – the majority of whom are in their 80s – rely on the service for their mobility and will suffer as a result.

In his submission to the state government Mr Foley urged it to reconsider the decision which is set to come into force early next year.

The State Government claims timetables will improve if these stops are removed but Mr Foley says on-time running must not compromise the provision of easy access to services.

Mr Foley said the case of the M91 was a perfect example of the cuts that follow when a service is privatised.

Transport Minister Andrew Constance has declared his intention to privatise the state government-operated bus service for neighbouring region six, which covers suburbs from Kensington in the city's south-east to Strathfield and Olympic Park.

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

“Sadly the cuts to this service are just an indication of things to come as this privatisation-mad state government outsources more bus routes.

“There are 31 residents in community housing whose stops are going to be taken away and that will be the end of their connection with the community.

Quotes attributable to Shadow Transport Minister Jodi McKay

“Buses running on time should not come at the cost of easy access to public transport for some of the most disadvantaged people in society.

“As we have seen with the train timetable changes, Western Sydney residents are the losers with fewer direct services and longer journey times.”

“I urge the Berejiklian Government to reconsider removing these bus stops and come to South Granville to discuss their importance with the local residents who rely on them.”