Transport for NSW has announced that Keolis Downer have been successful in tendering for the Region 8 contract, which includes bus services on the Lower North Shore and Northern Beaches operated out of Brookvale, Mona Vale and North Sydney depots.
Keolis Downer will take over the $900 million contract from 31 October 2021, delivering over 1.2 million services each year. A key point in the contract will see the introduction of 125 electric buses over the next eight years, as older Volvo B10BLE and Volvo B12BLE vehicles are retired from the fleet.
The contract will see new headway technology will be implemented on buses used for the B-Line in order to improve reliability of services. Also as part of the contract on demand services between Mona Vale and Palm Beach will become permanent.
All existing State Transit drivers and maintenance staff will be offered a two year job guarantee with Keolis Downer.
Transport for NSW has proposed a new bus network for the Eastern Suburbs. This new network has been designed to integrate with the CBD and South East Light Rail and provide more services across the Eastern Suburbs. Transport for NSW are currently seeking feedback on the proposed network, which you can provide at this link
Summary of Key Changes
Retained eight direct express services to/from the CBD in the AM and PM peaks, with increased frequencies
Eight new “All Day Frequent Network” routes, operating every 10 minutes or better 7am to 7pm, 7 days a week
New and improved East-West and North-South cross regional connections based on customer travel patterns
Better connections to key hubs Bondi Junction, UNSW, Newtown, the University of Sydney, Eastgardens, Green Square and Redfern.
Better integration with the new CBD and South East Light Rail
Reduction of duplicating bus services, including the removal of bus services to the CBD duplicating the Light Rail and to Bondi Junction duplicating the new All Day Frequent Routes
The “All Day Frequent Network” will operate every 10 minutes or better 7am to 7pm, 7 days a week. It is designed to provide high frequency connections along key corridors to major hubs. Routes include;
304 – Green Square to Circular Quay via Surry Hills
309 – Matraville to Redfern via Botany Road
333 – North Bondi to Circular Quay via Bondi Junction
343 – Kingsford to Circular Quay via Rosebery
350 – Bondi Junction to Sydney Airport via Eastgardens
370 – Coogee to University of Sydney via Green Square
390X – Bondi Junction to La Perouse via Maroubra Junction