Northern Beaches and Lower North Shore Service Changes from December 2020

There will be major changes to the bus network across the Northern Beaches and Lower North Shore from December 2020. This includes over 2000 new weekly service, the introduction of a new all day “frequent” network and other changes to the local bus network. 

A new frequent network and changes to local services will be implemented across the Northern Beaches and Lower North Shore from December 2020 – Transport NSW Blog Collection.

The new frequent network of routes operating every 10 minutes across the day, seven days a week are:

  • Route B1 – Mona Vale to City via Dee Why and Spit Junction
  • Route 100 – Mosman to City via Spit Junction and Military Road
  • Route 144 – Manly to Chatswood via Spit Junction and St Leonards
  • Route 160X – Dee Why to Chatswood via Beacon Hill and Frenches Forest 
  • Route 199 – Palm Beach to Manly via Mona Vale and Dee Why

Route B1 will now operate 24-hours a day, seven days a week, with a service every 30 minutes seven days a week between Mona Vale and the CBD via Dee Why between midnight and 4am. New overnight services from Manly to Avalon via Mona Vale and North Sydney via Spit Junction will also be introduced. 

Other changes to the local bus network have been designed to support the new frequent network, improve connections and reduce service duplication, particularly from Warringah Mall towards Manly and the City. A list of all changes are listed below.

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Changes to Transport Services from 25 October

There will be changes to transport services across NSW from 25 October, with additional bus services as well as changes to ferry and train timetables. 

There will be changes to transport services from October 25 2020 – Transport NSW Blog Collection

There are numerous changes that will be introduced from October 25 2020

  • Transit Systems Inner West Bus Changes
  • Additional Bus Services for Coffs Harbour and Lismore
  • Other Bus Changes (Hillsbus, Punchbowl and Premier Illawarra)
  • Minor Train Timetable Adjustments 
  • Ferry Service Pattern Changes

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Service Changes from 25 October 2020

There will be changes to services across the Inner West and Eastern Suburbs of Sydney from 25 October 2020. An outline of changes and a full list are provided below.

There will be changes to services across the Inner West and Eastern Suburbs of Sydney from 25 October 2020 – Transport NSW Blog Collection

These service changes include;

  • Over 1000 additional services, including more services during peak, on weekends and late at night
  • New all day limited express routes 438X and 461X along Parramatta Road
  • Changes to routes in the Concord, Five Dock, Leichhardt and Rodd Point  areas
  • Discontinuation of routes M10 and M50, replaced with Light Rail

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Service Changes from 23 August 2020

There will be changes to services across Sydney and the Hunter from 23 August 2020. An outline of changes and a full list are provided below.

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There will be changes to services across Sydney and the Hunter from 23 August 2020 – Transport NSW Blog Collection

These services changes include;

  • Over 1,300 additional weekly services across Sydney and the Hunter
  • New Nightride routes N31 and N92 to service North-Western and South-Western growth areas
  • Route adjustments related to the completion of the CBD and South East Light Rail
  • Route adjustments across Western Sydney to better reflect travel patterns

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Bus Route Numbering Changes

Scroll to the end of the article to see a list of Northern Beaches routes renumbered from May 3 2020. 

There will be a number of upcoming changes to the numbers of some bus routes across Sydney. Focusing in on routes with non-standard route numbers (any route without a regular 3-digit route number), all routes will be renumbered into a regular system. All routes will either have a three digit number (e.g. 000, 374, 999), a three digit number followed by ‘X’ to denote an express or limited stops version of a route (e.g. 000X, 374X, 999X) or a three digit number followed by ‘N’ to denote an overnight route (e.g. 000N, 374N, 999N).

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Some bus routes are being renumbered in order to ensure a uniform numbering system across the network. Route 309X is one example of a route in the new system – Transport NSW Blog Collection

A large majority of routes already have a regular route number, so these changes will be mainly focused at ‘express’, ‘limited stops’, ‘metrobus’ or ‘T-Way’ route services. Of course, some of these routes have already received this change. All CDC Hillbus express services have been numbered with a ‘X’ suffix at the end of years, and recently STA introduced this on their Botany Road corridor. Some overnight services on flagship corridors, such as STA’s 333 and 400, have had services between midnight and 5am renumbered 333N and 400N for over a year. The changes now are to ensure that this is uniformly applied across the network.

Transport NSW Blog supports these changes to the network. We believe that it is important to retain a uniform numbering system for all bus routes across Sydney and NSW, and that integrating all routes across Sydney more uniformly into the current system is a big win. Despite this, we want to ensure that these changes are indeed applied across the whole network. Too often we see half hearted changes that get applied to half the network but then never get fully rolled out. All routes need to comply with the new system fully, and realistically all non-compliant routes should move across at the same time in order to avoid any drawn out period of noncompliant routes.

STA Region 8, covering the Lower North Shore and Northern Beaches area will be making these changes across all of its express and limited stops routes from Sunday 3 May 2020. It is understood that STA Region 9, covering the Eastern Suburbs and Inner City as well as TSA Region 6, covering the Inner West and Inner South will change over to the new system when the long awaited changes to the South East bus network due to the opening of the light rail occur. It is anyones guess as to when that and the other regions renumbering will occur, however it is expected to be completed later this year across STA and TSA.

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Lower North Shore and Northern Beaches express services will be renumbered from 3 May 2020. 154X is one such new route number – Leon Sharpe
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Lower North Shore and Northern Beaches express services will be renumbered from 3 May 2020. 150X is one such new route number- Leon Sharpe

LIST OF NORTH SHORE AND NORTHERN BEACHES ROUTE NUMBER CHANGES 

  • Route E50 renumbered to 150X
  • Route E54 renumbered to 154X
  • Route E60 renumbered to 160X
  • Route E65 renumbered to 165X
  • Route E66 renumbered to 166X
  • Route E68 renumbered to 168X
  • Route E69 renumbered to 169X
  • Route E70 renumbered to 170X
  • Route E71 renumbered to 171X
  • Route E75 renumbered to 175X
  • Route E76 renumbered to 176X
  • Route E77 renumbered to 177X
  • Route E78 renumbered to 178X
  • Route E79 renumbered to 179X
  • Route E80 renumbered to 180X
  • Route E83 renumbered to 183X
  • Route E85 renumbered to 185X
  • Route E88 renumbered to 188X
  • Route E89 renumbered to 189X
  • Route L90 renumbered to 190X

No routes or timetables will be changing on 3 May 2020, only the route numbers that buses show on the destination board and in timetable apps.

Thanks to Leon Sharpe for providing images of buses displaying new route numbers for use in the article.

Changes to Bus Services in Wagga Wagga

Busabout Wagga will operate more than 240 extra bus services in Wagga Wagga from Monday 30 March 2020 in the biggest ever increase to public transport for the major regional centre. This will include new evening services as late as 9pm for most routes on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, Sunday service for the first time between 9am and 5pm as well as more route options and more frequent services.

This increase is part of the NSW Government Regional Growth Program, which is funding increases to bus services in 16 major centres across Regional NSW. Tweed was the first to receive the increase in December 2019, and is now followed by Wagga Wagga.

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Busabout Wagga will operate more than 240 extra bus services from 30 March 2020 – Creative Commons via Wikimedia Commons
CHANGES TO BUSABOUT WAGGA SERVICES
Route 960

Charles Sturt University via Kooringal, Central Wagga and Estella

  • 64 extra weekly services
  • Increased services to operate every hour between Lake Albert and CSU
  • Straightened route now extends to CSU and Estella
  • New Thursday, Friday and Saturday services run until 9pm
  • New Sunday services run from 8am to 6.30pm
  • Route no longer runs via Tatton, TAFE, Railway Street or Red Hill Road between Tamar Drive and Plumpton Road. New Route 969 and improvements to other services provide connections to these areas.
Route 961

Central Wagga to Bourkelands via Mount Austin and Lloyd

  • 41 extra weekly services
  • Adjusted route extends to Lloyd
  • Northbound services into the CBD run via Best Street, connecting at Wagga Courthouse with buses to CSU
  • Thursday, Friday and Saturday services now run until 8.30pm
  • New Sunday services run from 9am to 4.30pm
  • Route no longer runs to Springvale Drive
Route 962

Central Wagga to Glenfield via Ashmont and Turvey Park (counter-clockwise loop)

  • 37 extra weekly services
  • Combined routes 962 and 963 provide services every 30 minutes between Southcity Shopping Centre and the CBD
  • Northbound services into the CBD run via Docker Street and Gurwood Street, connecting at Wagga Courthouse with buses to CSU
  • Thursday, Friday and Saturday services now run until 9pm
  • New Sunday services run from 8am to 5.30pm
Route 963

Central Wagga to Glenfield via Ashmont and Turvey Park (clockwise loop)

  • 47 extra weekly services
  • Together, routes 962 and 963 provide services every 30 minutes between South City Shopping Centre and the CBD
  • Northbound services into the CBD run via Docker Street and Gurwood Street, connecting at Wagga Courthouse with buses to CSU
  • Thursday, Friday and Saturday services now until 8.30pm
  • New Sunday services run from 9am to 4.30pm
Route 964

(discontinued)

  • Adjusted Route 966 replaces Route 964 with buses every two hours, seven days a week, for Estella Rise and areas previously services by Route 964
Route 965

Forest Hills to Wagga via East Wagga

  • 35 extra weekly services
  • New earlier services into the CBD on weekday mornings
  • Thursday, Friday and Saturday services now until 8pm
  • New Sunday services run from 9am to 4pm
Route 966

Central Wagga to Estella Rise via North Wagga and Estella

  • 21 extra weekly services
  • Thursday, Friday and Saturday services now until 9pm
  • New Sunday services run from 8am to 5pm
  • Adjusted Route 966 replaces routes 964 and 968, with buses every two hours, seven days a week, for Estella Rise and areas previously services by Route 964
Route 967

(discontinued)

  • Adjusted Routes 960 and 966 replaces Route 967
Route 968

(discontinued)

  • Adjusted Routes 960 and 966 replaces Route 968
Route 969

Tatton to Wagga via Mount Austin and Turvey Park (Riverina TAFE)

(New route)

  • 140 new direct weekly services between Tatton and the CBD
  • Services stop at TAFE and the Botanic Gardens
  • New Route 969 connects at Lakeside Drive interchange with Route 960 for services to CSU via Kooringal
  • Thursday, Friday and Saturday services run until 8pm
  • Sunday services run from 8am to 5.30pm
  • Morning and afternoon school buses are the only services on this route that run directly between Tatton and Kooringal Mall, and via Railway Street in town
On Demand Bomen service (Route 970)

Suburbs across Wagga to Bomen Business Park

(New trial service)

  • New public transport service to and from Bomen Business Park
  • Runs on weekday mornings and afternoons
  • Offers fixed-schedule services and bookable on-demand options
  • Pick-up and drop-off locations in suburbs across Wagga

First Insight into South East Light Rail Bus Changes

South-East Bus commuters got a first look at their bus network today, after confidential plans containing the proposal was leaked overnight. These changes are being introduced due to the opening of the CBD and South East Light Rail, in order to reduce service duplication between the tram and the bus network. The proposed changes will begin at some point after the L3 Kingsford Line of the light rail network opens later this month.

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South-East bus commuters are in for a shake-up of their network from later this year – Transport NSW Blog Collection

It is important to note that this confidential document is a draft document of the changes ONLY and is subject to change. Transport NSW Blog has confirmed the validity of the document with internal sources, which they say is mostly final, but do warn that some changes may occur. Transport NSW Blog has been made aware that an official announcement is to be expected later this week and it is believed that the leak was deliberate leak.

A full list of known changes is listed below;

NEW ROUTES

  • 319 – Maroubra Beach to Bondi Junction via Oberon Street, Randwick Junction and Charing Cross
  • 375 – Coogee Beach to Railway Square via Randwick Junction, Moore Park and Taylor Square
  • 390 – Coogee Beach to La Perouse via Randwick Junction, Kingsford and Maroubra Junction
  • 398 – Clovelly Beach to La Perouse via Coogee Beach, Maroubra Junction and Matraville

CHANGED ROUTES

  • 348 – Wolli Creek to Bondi Junction changed to operate via High Street in both directions
  • 370 – Coogee Beach to Leichhardt changed to operate via High Street in both directions
  • 373 – Coogee Beach to Circular Quay becomes overnight only 373N Coogee Beach to Circular Quay via Taylor Square (11pm – 6am ONLY)
  • 391 – La Perouse to Railway Square becomes La Perouse to Kingsford via Bunnerong Road
  • 392 – Little Bay to Circular Quay becomes Little Bay to Redfern via Bunnerong Road, Kingsford and Green Square
  • 394 – La Perouse to Circular Quay becomes overnight only 394N La Perouse to Circular Quay via Taylor Square (11pm – 6am ONLY)
  • 400 – Bondi Junction to Sydney Airport changed to operate via High Street in both directions
  • All express routes will move to a four digit route number, but will be retained
    • X39 becomes 339X
    • X40 becomes 341X
    • X73 becomes 373X – potential for minor stopping pattern changes
    • X74 becomes 374X
    • X77 becomes 377X – potential for minor stopping pattern changes
    • X92 becomes 392X
    • X93 becomes 393X – potential for minor stopping pattern changes
    • X94 becomes 394X
    • X96 becomes 396X
    • X97 becomes 397X
    • X99 becomes 399X

CANCELLED ROUTES

302, 314, 317, 376, 377, 393, 395, 397, 399, 891, 893, 898, L94, M10 and M50

UNKNOWN ROUTE MODIFICATIONS or NO CHANGE 

At this stage it is unknown if the following routes will have any changes, however that they were included within the scope of the new bus network plan.

303, 307, 313, 316, 338, 339, 343, 353, 357, 372, 374, 396 and 418

 

Inner West Bus Changes from 9 February 2020

From Sunday 9 February, there will be changes to some bus routes and adjustments to other services across the Inner West. There will also be minor timetable changes to North Shore and Northern Beaches bus services.

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CHANGES TO INNER WEST SERVICES
M10
  • Route changed to operate via Haymarket light rail/bus interchange for journeys towards Leichhardt
  • All services towards Leichhardt will operate via Elizabeth Street, Eddy Avenue, Rawson Place and George Street, and will no longer stop at Pitt St opp Barlow St
  • Changes to weekday trip times to support more reliable journeys

 

M20
  • Route renumbered to 320
  • Route withdrawn between Botany Shops and Mascot Shops to reduce service duplication, reflect customer demand and support more reliable journeys. Alternative travel options between Botany Shops and Mascot Shops include routes 309, 309X and 310X.
  • Changes to weekday trip times to support more reliable journeys
M30
  • Route renumbered to 430
  • Changes to weekday trip times to support more reliable journeys
  • The last two weekday evening trips from Sydenham towards Mosman will be changed to operate to Spit Junction only
420
  • Changes to weekday trip times to support more reliable journeys
  • An additional trip will be introduced on early weekday mornings departing Rockdale towards Eastgardens
440
  • Route changed to operate via Haymarket light rail/bus interchange for journeys towards Leichhardt
  • All services towards Leichhardt will operate via Elizabeth Street, Eddy Avenue, Rawson Place and George Street, and will no longer stop at Pitt St opp Barlow St
  • Changes to weekday trip times to support more reliable journeys
470
  • Changes to weekday trip times to support more reliable journeys
  • An additional trip will be introduced on weekday evenings departing Martin Place towards Lilyfield
487
  • Route 487 will be changed to operate via Canarys Road, Violet Street and Mount Avenue instead of Canterbury Road and King Georges Road to and from Roselands (early morning weekday trips not currently operating via Roselands will continue to operate via Canterbury Road direct)
  • Changes to weekday trip times to support more reliable journeys

Other services that will receive minor changes include;

  • 155
  • E54
  • E88
  • E89
  • 305
  • 308
  • 348
  • 389
  • 406
  • 407
  • 412
  • 413
  • 415
  • 418
  • 420
  • 422
  • 423
  • 425
  • 426
  • 428
  • 431
  • 433
  • 436
  • 438
  • 439
  • 440
  • 441
  • 442
  • 445
  • 447
  • 461
  • 464
  • 470
  • 473
  • 490
  • 491
  • 492
  • 493
  • 504
  • 526
  • 530
  • L37
  • L38
  • L39

Changes to Bus Services in Tweed Heads

Surfside Buslines Tweed Heads will operate over 450 new additional weekly bus services as part of a regional growth bus program to improve bus services in regional areas, with more services to popular locations like Kingscliff TAFE and longer operating hours on key routes.

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Surfside Buslines services in Tweed Heads will be boosted from 16 December 2019 – Transport NSW Blog Collection

The new services include 160 extra weekly services before 7am and after 6pm and 50 new weekly services before 5am and after 9pm.

Every route in the Tweed will have a direct or timetabled connecting service to The Tweed Hospital, Tweed Mall and the Queensland border. Services to the hospital have been improved between 5am and 11pm weekdays, with buses every 15 minutes during most parts of the day. Kingscliff TAFE will be easier to access with the 601 doubling in frequency and a new 609 route from Murwillumbah.

The additional and improved services will start from Monday 16 December 2019.

A full list of services is available below;

CHANGES TO SURFSIDE TWEED SERVICES
Route 600

Banora Point to Tweed Mall, via Tweed City and The Tweed Hospital (New route)

  • 420 additional weekly services
  • Services running half-hourly through most parts of the day, with new late afternoon and evening services on weekdays and Saturday
  • Combines with route 601 to provide uniformly spread, 15-minute services between Tweed City and Tweed Mall, via The Tweed Hospital
Route 601

Kingscliff to Tweed Heads West via Tweed City, The Tweed Hospital and Coolangatta

  • 219 additional weekly services
  • Doubled frequency seven days a week, with additional late afternoon and evening services on weekdays and Saturday
  • Combines with route 600 to provide consistent, 15-minute services between Tweed City and Tweed Mall, via The Tweed Hospital
  • 601 will now end at Tweed River Regional Museum
Route 602

Banora Point to Tweed City

  • Links with routes 600 and 604 to provide increased services between Banora Point and Tweed City, including timetabled connections to the high demand 600 and 601 services on Minjungbal Drive
  • 602 will now operate in both directions, rather than a one-way loop to provide a more direct path
  • Services will now end at Tweed City, Kirkwood Rd
Route 603

Pottsville to Tweed City via Hastings Point, Cabarita Beach, Kingscliff TAFE and Chinderah

  • 40 additional weekly services
  • 6 additional trips on weekdays, and 10 additional trips on Saturdays
  • New timetabled connections to the high demand 600 and 601 services on Minjungbal Drive
  • Services will now end at Tweed City, Kirkwood Rd
Route 604

Banora Point to Tweed City via Phillip Parade

  • 6 additional weekly services
  • Links with routes 600 and 602 to provide increased services between Banora Point and Tweed City, including timetabled connections to the high demand 600 and 601 services on Minjungbal Drive
  • Services will now end at Tweed City, Kirkwood Rd
Route 605

Murwillumbah to Tweed City via Tumbulgum and Terranova

  • Additional return evening trips on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, as well as timetabled connections to the high demand 600 and 601 services on Minjungbal Drive
  • Daytime service frequency reduced to reflect demand
  • Services will now end at Tweed City, Kirkwood Rd
Route 606

Fingal to Tweed City via Chinderah

  • One service in each direction, Monday to Friday, with no weekend services (same as existing)
  • Service reduced due to very low passenger demand
Route 607

(Withdrawn)

  • Modifications to routes 602 and 604, and the introduction of the higher frequency route 600 have replaced the 607
  • Demand will be met through the new and increased services
  • New services will connect customers with the key destinations serviced by the 607
Route 608

Bilambil Heights to Tweed City via Tweed Heads West and Kennedy Drive

  • Route will no longer operate to Coolangatta and Tweed Mall
  • Coolangatta or Tweed Mall will be serviced by the 601 with doubled frequency via Kennedy Drive at Tweed Heads West
  • Bus stops on Kennedy Drive near Gray Street have shelters for northbound passengers who need to transfer.
  • Services will now end at Tweed City, Kirkwood Rd
Route 609

Murwillumbah and Kingscliff TAFE (New route)

  • New service with 5 trips on weekdays, travelling in both directions
  • Transfer to the 601 for services towards Kingscliff Shops, and the 603 for services towards Pottsville

Bus Service Changes from 17 November

From Sunday 17 November 2019, changes to bus services will be introduced in Sydney’s North West and Northern Beaches.

These changes will provide more reliable journeys and easier connections to Metro stations at including Rouse Hill, Kellyville, Castle Hill and Cherrybrook. There are now better connections right across the Hills District, addressing many concerns about the network introduced earlier this year. This  includes a complete redesign of services around Cherrybrook as well as high frequencies network wide.

There will also be improved improved travel options across the Northern Beaches, with more frequent B-Line services and new connections to the Northern Beaches Hospital.

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Buses across the North West, North Shore and Northern Beaches are changing from 17 November 2019 – Transport NSW Blog Collection

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