Sydney local bus routes

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Overview
System Transport for NSW
Operator
Livery Blue and white chevrons
Route
Route type local
Locale Sydney, Australia
Communities served
Other routes
Service
Frequency 15–60 minutes[1]
Fare Opal fares apply
Timetable Trip planner
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The local bus routes of Sydney connect suburban destinations with major transport nodes in each of the 14 metropolitan bus regions. Local routes form one of three tiers in Sydney's bus network, complementing intermediate ("suburban") and strategic ("rapid") routes between major centres.

The local route network ensures that 90% of Sydneysiders are within 400 metres of a bus stop during daylight hours.[2]

Private local networks[edit]

Transport for New South Wales, the state government agency that manages public transport, divides Sydney into nine Sydney Metropolitan Bus Service Contract regions operated by private operators:

Services in these regions evolved from routes created by small family-operated bus companies following World War I, though most were relegated to the status of railway feeder services after 1932.

Region 1: West of Blacktown[edit]

Region 1 is made up of 68 north-western Sydney bus routes covering the major centres[3] of Blacktown, Castle Hill, Marsden Park, Mount Druitt, Norwest Business Park, Penrith, RichmondWindsor, Rouse Hill and St Marys. The region's fleet consists of around 300 buses.[4]

The region's boundaries were defined by the then Ministry of Transport as part of a major consolidation in 2005. Three of the area's incumbents, Busways, Hawkesbury Valley Buses and Westbus, formed the Area 1 Management Company to jointly deliver the region's bus services. Unsworth's recommendation to open each region to competitive tendering[5] was not taken up until 2012, with Busways emerging alone as the successful bidder. Busways' new five-year Region 1 contract commenced in October 2013.[4][6]

All Region 1 routes are classified by Sydney's Bus Future as "local".[2] Major interchanges are located at Blacktown, Mount Druitt, Penrith, Windsor[7]

Together, Region 1 routes accounted for more than 12.5 million passenger journeys in the 12 months to October 2017.[8] Over the same period, Busways consistently exceeded its on-time running benchmark of 95%, placing it among Sydney’s best performing bus operators.[9]

Region 2: South-west of Liverpool[edit]

Region 2 is made up of 22 south-western Sydney bus routes covering the major centres[3] of Liverpool, Leppington, Narellan and Campbelltown. The region's fleet consists of around 100 buses.[10]

The region's boundaries were defined by the then Ministry of Transport as part of a major consolidation in 2005. Two of the area's incumbents, Busabout and Interline, formed the Area 2 Management Company to jointly deliver the region's bus services. Region 2 first went to competitive tender in 2013, with Interline emerging alone as the successful bidder. Interline's new five-year Region 2 contract commenced in July 2014.[10]

All Region 2 routes are classified by Sydney's Bus Future as "local".[2] Major interchanges are located at Glenfield, Ingleburn and Minto stations, and Prestons and Carnes Hill town centres.[11]

Together, Region 2 routes accounted for more than 3.6 million passenger journeys in the 12 months to October 2017.[8] Over the same period, Interline exceeded its on-time running benchmark of 95% in all but one month.[9]

Region 3: Fairfield City[edit]

Region 3 is made up of 32 south-western Sydney bus routes covering the major centres[3] of Blacktown, Fairfield, Liverpool, Parramatta and St Marys. The region's fleet consists of around 220 buses.[12]

The region's boundaries were defined by the then Ministry of Transport as part of a major consolidation in 2005. Five of the area's incumbents – Baxter's, Busabout, Hopkinsons, Metro-link and Westbus – formed the Area 3 Management Company to jointly deliver the region's bus services. Liverpool–Parramatta T-way services, which cross Region 3, remained with the Western Sydney Buses division of State Transit. The NSW Government put the region's services – including State Transit's T-way route – to tender in 2012 and a new entrant, Perth-based Transit Systems, emerged as the successful bidder. Transit Systems' new five-year Region 1 contract commenced in October 2013, marking the first time a government-operated bus route had been franchised.[13][6]

All Region 3 services are classified as "local" with the exception of T80, which forms part of a rapid route.[2] Major interchanges are located at Fairfield and Merrylands stations, and at Bonnyrigg and Wetherill Park T-way stations.[14]

Together, Region 3 routes accounted for more than 12 million passenger journeys in the 12 months to October 2017.[8] Over the same period, Transit Systems consistently exceeded its on-time running benchmark of 95%, placing it among Sydney’s best performing bus operators.[9]

Region 4: Hills District[edit]

Region 4 is made up of 65 bus routes in Sydney's Hills District, including the major centres[3] of Rouse Hill, Norwest and Castle Hill. The region's fleet consists of around 500 buses.[10]

The region's boundaries were defined by the then Ministry of Transport as part of a major consolidation in 2005 and the operating contract was allocated to the area's then dominant operator, Hillsbus. In recommending the consolidation of regions in 2004, Unsworth had stressed the importance of competitive tendering as well,[5] however the NSW Government did not adopt this approach for Region 4 until 2013. In the event, Hillsbus was the successful bidder, winning a new five-year contract starting in July 2014.[10]

All Region 4 services are classified as "local" under Sydney's Bus Future with the exception of suburban route 525 and rapid routes M52, M41 and M54.[2] Major interchanges are located at Wynyard, Parramatta and Blacktown stations, and Rouse Hill and Castle Hill town centres.[15]

Together, Region 4 routes accounted for more than 21.7 million passenger journeys in the 12 months to October 2017.[8] Over the same period, Hillsbus exceeded its on-time running benchmark of 95% in all but three months.[9]

Region 5: Canterbury–Bankstown and St George[edit]

Region 5 consists of 14 bus routes linking parts of the Canterbury–Bankstown and St George districts, including the major centres[3] of Bankstown, Hurstville and Kogarah. The region's fleet consists of 70 buses.[10]

The region's boundaries were defined by the then Ministry of Transport as part of a major consolidation in 2005 and the operating contract was allocated to the area's then dominant operator, Punchbowl Bus Company. In recommending the consolidation of regions in 2004, Unsworth had stressed the importance of competitive tendering as well,[5] however the NSW Government did not adopt this approach for Region 5 until 2013. In the event, Punchbowl Bus Company was the successful bidder, winning a new five-year contract starting in July 2014.[10]

Thirteen of the region's routes are classified by Sydney's Bus Future as "local"; one, Route 450, is classed as "suburban".[2] Major interchanges are located at Bankstown and Hurstville stations, and at Roselands Shopping Centre.[16]

Together, Region 5 routes accounted for more than 3.5 million passenger journeys in the 12 months to October 2017.[8] Over the same period, Punchbowl Bus Company exceeded its on-time running benchmark of 95% in all but two months.[9]

Region 10: Sutherland[edit]

Region 10 is made up of a number of south-eastern Sydney bus routes covering the major centres[3] of Sutherland, Miranda and Bankstown.

Though the Unsworth review had recommended a single region for the Sutherland Shire, the Government elected to split it between region 11 – the Kurnell peninsula east of Miranda, plus the isolated Port Hacking villages of Mainbar and Bundeena – and a larger region 10. Region 10 contained 57 routes operated by Connex (since renamed Transdev), while region 11 contained just nine routes, divided among three operators (Caringbah Bus Service, Crowthers and Maianbar Bundeena Bus Service).

In 2012 Veolia won the combined regions 10 and 11 contract and commenced operations on 1 January 2013.[17] Six months later, Veolia was renamed Transdev. Maianbar Bundeena continued to operate its single route, 989 MaianbarBundeena as a Transdev subcontractor.

All Region 10 services are classified as "local" with the exception of suburban route 970.[2] Major interchanges are located at Bankstown, Hurstville, Miranda and Sutherland stations, and at Southgate Shopping Centre in Sylvania.[18]

Together, Region 10 routes accounted for more than 7.7 million passenger journeys in the 12 months to October 2017.[8] Over the same period, Transdev failed to meet its on-time running benchmark of 95% in five of the 12 months.[9]

Region 12: Upper North Shore[edit]

Region 12 is made up of 24 bus routes in Sydney's Upper North Shore, including the major centres[3] of Chatswood and Hornsby.

The region's boundaries were defined by the then Ministry of Transport as part of a major consolidation in 2005 and the operating contract was allocated to the area's existing operator, Shorelink which was subsequently renamed Transdev NSW. This contract was renewed in 2013 without retender.[19] Trandev dropped the Shorelink brand the following year.

All Region 12 routes are classified by Sydney's Bus Future as "local".[2] Major interchanges are located at Hornsby, Turramurra and Gordon stations, and Macquarie University.[20]

Together, Region 12 routes accounted for more than 3.3 million passenger journeys in the 12 months to October 2017.[8] Over the same period, Transdev exceeded its on-time running benchmark of 95% in all but one month.[9]

Region 13: Parramatta–Bankstown–Liverpool[edit]

Region 13 is made up of a number of south-western Sydney bus routes covering the major centres[3] of Parramatta, Bankstown, Fairfield and Liverpool.

The region's boundaries were defined by the then Ministry of Transport as part of a major consolidation in 2005. Two of the area's incumbents, Connex and Transit First, jointly delivered the region's bus services until the latter was acquired by the former in 2007. Region 13 first went to competitive tender in 2012, with Veolia Transdev (the former Connex) emerging alone as the successful bidder. Veolia Transdev's new five-year Region 2 contract commenced in May 2013.[17] The company has since been renamed Transdev.

All Region 13 services are classified as "local" with the exception of suburban route M90, and M91, which forms part of a rapid route.[2] Major interchanges are located at Bankstown, Fairfield, Liverpool and Parramatta stations.[21]

Together, Region 13 routes accounted for more than 8.3 million passenger journeys in the 12 months to October 2017.[8] Over the same period, Transdev exceeded its on-time running benchmark of 95%, placing it among Sydney’s best performing bus operators.[9]

Region 14: Forest District[edit]

Region 14 is made up of 18 bus routes in Sydney's Forest District, including its major centre[3], Frenchs Forest.

The region's boundaries were defined by the then Ministry of Transport as part of a major consolidation in 2005 and the operating contract was allocated to the area's then dominant operator, Forest Coach Lines. It was not until 2012 that the region went to a competitive tender. In the event, Forest was the successful bidder, winning a new five-year contract starting in April 2013.[19]

All Region 14 services are classified as "local" with the exception of suburban route 270.[2] Major interchanges are located at Wynyard, Chatswood and Gordon stations, as well as town centres at Belrose and Frenchs Forest.

Together, Region 14 routes accounted for more than 4.7 million passenger journeys in the 12 months to October 2017.[8] Over the same period, Forest failed to meet its on-time running benchmark of 95% in five of the 12 months.[9]

Region 15: Macarthur[edit]

Region 15 is made up of 34 bus routes in the Macarthur region, including the major centres[3] of CampbelltownMacarthur and Narellan. The region's fleet consists of around 100 buses.[10]

The region's boundaries were defined by the then Ministry of Transport as part of a major consolidation in 2005 and the operating contract was allocated to the area's then dominant operator, Busways. Region 15 first went to competitive tender in 2013. Busabout, until then a partner in separate consortia operating region 2 and 3 services, was the successful bidder, winning a new five-year contract starting in July 2014.[10]

All Region 15 routes are classified by Sydney's Bus Future as "local".[2] Major interchanges are located at Campbelltown Station, and the Camden and Narellan town centres.[22]

Together, Region 15 routes accounted for more than 3 million passenger journeys in the 12 months to October 2017, the lowest patronage of any metropolitan contract region.[8] Over the same period, Busabout failed to meet its on-time running benchmark of 95% in all but three months, making it Sydney’s worst-performing private bus operator.[9]

State Transit local networks[edit]

State Transit operates regions 6. 7. 8 and 9.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Integrated Public Transport Service Planning Guidelines – Sydney Metropolitan Area (PDF). Transport for New South Wales. December 2013. p. 24–27. Retrieved 2017-11-30. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Sydney's Bus Future - Simpler Faster BetterNSW Government December 2013
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Strategic centres identified by the Greater Sydney Commission
  4. ^ a b "Busways wins a 300-bus contract in Western Sydney". Busways. 7 November 2012. Retrieved 9 December 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c Unsworth, Barrie (February 2004). Review of bus services in New South Wales – final report. Government of New South Wales. 
  6. ^ a b Cut costs or bus contracts will go to private sector, minister tells drivers Sydney Morning Herald 7 November 2012
  7. ^ "Region 1 bus network map" (PDF). Busways. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Bus patronage – monthly figures". Transport for NSW. Retrieved 9 December 2017. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Bus on-time running". Transport for NSW. Retrieved 9 December 2017. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h Transport for NSW (28 August 2013). "More than 60 new buses and improved customer service with new bus contracts". 
  11. ^ "Region 2 bus network map" (PDF). Interline. 
  12. ^ Transit Systems Sydney Australian Bus Fleet Lists
  13. ^ Transit Systems awarded Sydney buses contract Transit Systems, 11 July 2012
  14. ^ "Region 3 bus network map" (PDF). Transit Systems. 
  15. ^ "Region 4 bus network map" (PDF). ComfortDelGro Australia. 
  16. ^ "Region 5 bus network map" (PDF). Punchbowl Bus Company. 
  17. ^ a b Veolia Transdev Secures Bus Contracts Transdev Australasia 16 January 2013
  18. ^ "Region 10 bus network map" (PDF). Transdev. 
  19. ^ a b Mixed Result for Private Bus Operators Bus & Coach Association NSW 7 November 2012
  20. ^ "Region 12 bus network map" (PDF). Transdev. 
  21. ^ "Region 13 bus network map" (PDF). Transdev. 
  22. ^ "Region 15 bus network map" (PDF). Busabout.