This week our route of week request is from Josh Q and Madi W. It is the 470. It runs from Lilyfield to City Martin Place via Annandale, Forest Lodge, Broadway and Railway Square.
The 470 began operation in the 1950s during the closure of Sydney’s tram network, duplicating much of the old Lilyfield tram route. Before October 2015, the service operated to City Ciruclar Quay along George Street through the city, however due to Light rail construction, the route was redirected to operate northbound via Elizabeth Street and Southbound via Castlereagh Street and was also truncated to City Martin Place.
The 470 operates daily between 5am and Midnight. The service runs every 5-8 minutes during peak hour, 15 minutes off peak Monday- Saturday, 20 minutes on Sunday and every half hour after 8pm. It takes between 30-45 minutes to opertate the route from end to end.
The route is operated by Leichhardt Depot using a variety of standard 12.5m buses with Mercedes Benz chassis and Custom Coaches bodywork and Articulated buses with Volvo chassis and Volgren bodywork.