Featured Bus Route – June 2019

This is our 250th Post – Thank you to all of our loyal readers who have stuck with us for all these years. 

For June 2019 our featured bus route will be Route 197 between Macquarie University and Mona Vale via Gordon, St Ives and Terry Hills. Route 197 is operated by CDC Forest Coach Lines.

A 197 service from Mona Vale arrives at Macquarie University  – Transport NSW Blog Collection

Route 197 has a relatively short history, with operation stretching back to 2008. Despite this, there is a very long and complex history behind how Route 197 came into being.

In April 1949, Route 161 between Narrabeen to Terry Hills commenced. A complex operating history seeing it run by at least 6 different bus companies on a variety of slightly differing routes followed. By March 1979, two routes with the 161 route number were operating – Narrabeen to Elanora Heights and Pymble to Mona Vale, both by Warringah Bus Lines.

From 1990, the two services were renumbered into Route 195 between Pymble to Mona Vale and 196 between Narrabeen and Ingleside, both operated by Shorelink. From 31 August 1991 both services transferred to Forest Coach Lines. 

In a reorganisation of Forest Coach Lines routes on 27 July 1992, Pymble to Mona Vale 195 trips were renumbered 196, with the previous 196 trips from Narrabeen to Elanora Heights absorbed into the new 196 timetable. From 26 October 1998, some peak hour services during University semester extended to Macquarie University. For a short period in 2003, these services were number M196. From 7 June 2004, the service is altered to Gordon to Mona Vale, however Macquarie University services remain unchanged.

As a result of the Ministry of Transport review of Region 14, Macquarie University to Mona Vale services were renumbered as Route 197 from 24 November 2008, whilst Gordon to Mona Vale shortworkings remained Route 196.

Currently, the service operates every 15 minutes towards Macquarie Park in the AM peak and every 20 minutes towards Mona Vale during the afternoon and PM peak. At other times the service runs its full length hourly, with short runnings providing a half hourly service between Austlink and Macquarie Park on weekdays. Services operate between 7am and 10pm on Weekdays, 9am to 8pm on weekends.

An Austlink shortrunning departs Macquarie University – Transport NSW Blog Collection




Photos – Transport Heritage Expo

A couple of weeks ago, over the June Long Weekend, the annual Transport Heritage Expo was on at Sydney’s Central Station. Whilst we went able to be there for most of the event, we were able to get some last minute pictures to share with you all on Monday afternoon just before the event wrapped up.

Loco 6029 ‘The Garratt” at Central Station prior to a Hurstville Shuttle – Transport NSW Blog Collection
Loco 6029 ‘The Garratt” departing from Central Station on a Hurstville Shuttle – Transport NSW Blog Collection
Loco 3642 at Central Station – Transport NSW Blog Collection
Two buses from the Sydney Bus Museum collection at the Central Coach Terminal – Transport NSW Blog Collection
Hong Kong KMB Decker at Central Station – Transport NSW Blog Collection


Station Stories – Bondi Junction

Signage celebrating 40 years of the Eastern Suburbs Railway at Bondi Junction – Transport NSW Blog Collection

40 years ago today, Bondi Junction station was one of the many stations along the Eastern Suburbs Rail Line that celebrated its grand opening. 23 June 1979 was the day that finally saw a rail line to the Eastern Suburbs open after nearly a century of planning.


Premier Neville Wran at the offical opening of the Eastern Suburbs Railway on 23 June 1979 – ABC (via Supplied)

The Eastern Suburbs Rail Line had been in planning since 1890 and a line to the Eastern Suburbs was included in the Bradfield plans of the 1920s. Provisions were made in the city circle stations to allow for a construction of a line to the Eastern Suburbs.

Construction on the Eastern Suburbs Rail Line began on and off in the 1940s. Construction of the line proper began under the Askin government in the late 1960s and construction of Bondi Junction Station itself began in the early 1970s. The construction of the line proved highly contentious, particularly due to the extended period the lien took to construct and the compulsory acquisitions and demolitions throughout Woolloomooloo. Two different construction techniques were used in the building of Bondi Junction station. The platform area was constructed using tunnelling, whilst the concourse level was built using open excavation in a cut and cover technique.

There was also an open air bus interchange constructed above the station, as part of a then new approach to integrated transport. Customers could buy a Rail-Bus Link ticket which would allow them to catch the train to the Bondi Junction interchange and interchange for a bus into suburbs not serviced by the train line between Coogee and Watsons Bay. This was the first attempt at integrated transport ticketing in Sydney.

The station, which was the most technologically advanced in Australia at the time of opening,  included a number of firsts for the Sydney rail network. It was the first to include automatic ticket vending machines and automatic turnstile barriers to enter the station. It was also the first station to be equipped with escalators instead of stairs as the primary method of accessing the platforms. It also included a tri-level bank displaying station names, so you could see what station you were at from anywhere on the train.

In 2000, Bondi Junction Station underwent a major upgrade. This upgrade included lifts between the Bus Interchange and the concourse and between the concourse and the platform.  There was the construction of a brand new enclosed bus interchange and shopping plaza. The entire station was remodelled to allow for better passenger flow, and new signage and paneling was installed.

New crossover installed in 2006 capacity upgrades – NSW Government

Between late 2004 and early 2006, Bondi Junction station was closed for major track upgrades as part of the Rail Clearways program. This work included the construction of the new diamond junction crossover on the city side of the station, which allowed trains to arrive and depart from either of the two platforms. There was also the construction of a new turn back facility at the beach end of the station. This increased the capacity of trains able to be turned at Bondi Junction to 20 per hour from 14 prior to the upgrades.

Today Bondi Junction station is served by Sydney Trains T4 Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra Line services to/from Cronulla, Hurstville and Waterfall as well as NSW TrainLink South Coast services to/from Dapto, Kiama, Port Kembla and Wollongong.




Photos – Melbourne and Perth

Recently, Transport NSW Blog visited Melbourne and Perth. We always get requests to see more photos on the blog and requests to see content from cities outside of NSW. Today we will be featuring our favourite photos from that we took in these two cities.

Buses and Trams in Melbourne

Transdev Melbourne Scania K230UB Volgren Malaysia “CR228L” 8904 arriving at Lonsdale Street terminus in Melbourne CBD on a Route 907 from Mitcham – Transport NSW Blog Collection
SkyBus Melbourne Bustech CDi 114 departing Southern Cross Terminal for the Airport – Transport NSW Blog Collection
W Class Tram 957 on Historic City Circle Route 35 – Transport NSW Blog Collection
E Class Tram with “Made in Melbourne for Melbourne” decals on Route 86 – Transport NSW Blog Collection
Transdev Melbourne Scania K280UB Gemilang 116 laying over at Queen Street terminus in Melbourne CBD after a Route 220 from Sunshine – Transport NSW Blog Collection

Buses in Perth

Transdev Transperth Volvo B8RLE Volgren Optimus TP2666 on a Red CAT Route 2 service in East Perth – Transport NSW Blog Collection
Path Transit Transperth Volvo B7RLE Volgren Optimus TP2386 on an Airport Route 40 service arriving at Perth Airport Terminal 3 – Transport NSW Blog Collection
Path Transit Transperth Volvo B7RLE Volgren Optimus TP2762 running through East Perth on a Route 960 service to Mirrabooka – Transport NSW Blog Collection

Big Transport Spend in 2019 State Budget

The NSW State Budget was handed down today and transport was once again one of the big winners in what otherwise was a relatively unfair and cuts driven budget.

$9.6 Billion for new Metro lines, including $6.4B for Sydney Metro West, $1.2B for Sydney Metro City and Southwest and $2B for Sydney Metro Western Sydney Airport – Transport NSW Blog Collection
$1.6 Billion for additional bus services across the state including over 14 000 extra bus services each week – Transport NSW Blog Collection
Over 400 additional weekly ferry services and wharf upgrades at Taronga Zoo, South Mosman, North Sydney and Manly ferry wharves – Transport NSW Blog Collection

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Service Changes from 30 June 2019

From 30 June, there will be changes to bus services in Newcastle and Sydney’s western, north-western and eastern suburbs. These include over 400 new services across Sydney, as well as severe cuts to services and associated timetable changes in Newcastle.

More buses, more often.  Timetable changes delivering over 400 more services are coming to Routes 313, 343, 501, 533 and 869 in Sydney – Transport NSW Blog Collection

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