Proposed New Eastern Suburbs Bus Network

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

Transport for NSW have proposed a new bus network for the Eastern Suburbs – Transport NSW Blog Collection

Summary of Key Changes

  • Retained eight direct express services to/from the CBD in the AM and PM peaks, with increased frequencies
  • Nine 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

Summary of Route Changes

  • 11 New Routes
    • 306, 310, 350, 350N, 356, 358, 373N, 375, 390X, 392N, 469
  • 23 Modified Routes
    • 303, 304, 307, 309, 313, 320, 339, 339X, 343, 347, 355, 362, 370, 373X, 374, 374X, 377X, 392, 397, 399, 418, 420, 420N
  • 25 Withdrawn Routes
    • 300, 301, 302, 309X, 310X, 314, 316, 317, 338, 353, 357, 372, 373, 376, 377, 391, 393, 394, 395, 400, 400N, L94, X40, X93, X99 
  • 24 Routes with no changes
    • 200, 311, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328, 333, 342, 352, 360, 379, 380, 381, 386, 387, 388, 392X, 394X, 396, 396X, 397X, L24 

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
  • 379 – Bronte to North Bondi via Bondi Junction
  • 390X – Bondi Junction to La Perouse via Maroubra Junction
  • 392 – Matraville to Redfern via Eastgardens

A full list of changes is provided below

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Bus Service Changes from 18 April 2021

There will be changes to bus services across Western Sydney from 18 April 2021. This will include over 2000 extra services a week across both route and school services to help support new developments and provide better connections across the network.

There will be changes to bus services in Western Sydney from 18 April 2021 – Transport NSW Blog Collection

Key Changes include

  • New routes 740, 748 and 824
  • Routes 810 and 811 converted to 810X and 811X full time
  • Route 757 will be withdrawn
  • Route changes for routes 747, 751 and 807

A full list of changes is included below

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Bus Service Changes from 24 January 2021

There will be changes to the bus network and timetables across Sydney from 24 January 2021, with changes to timetables and services in the Eastern Suburbs, North Shore, Northern Suburbs and the Shire. This will include over 700 additional bus services, two new routes as part of the all day “frequent” network and other changes to the bus network to support easier interchange and reduce duplication.

There will be changes to the bus network and timetables across Sydney from 24 January 2021 – Transport NSW Blog Collection

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

  • Route 120 – Chatswood to City QVB via North Willoughby and Willoughby Road
  • Route 500X – West Ryde to City Hyde Park via Top Ryde and Victoria Road

Other changes to the local bus network have been designed to support the new frequent network, improve connections and reduce service duplication. A list of all the changes to the network are provided below

BUS SERVICE CHANGES FROM 24 JANUARY 2021
Route 115
Chatswood to City
(New Route)
This is a new route that will replace route 343 between Chatswood and the city. Early morning and late night services will operate between Chatswood and North Sydney only.
Route 120 Chatswood to City QVB
(New Route)
This is a new frequent route that will operate between Chatswood and the QVB in the city. The new route replaces routes 272 (North Willoughby to City Wynyard) and 340 (Bondi Junction to Chatswood via City).
Route 200 
Artarmon to Bondi Junction
This route will be changed to operate between Artarmon (Campbell Street) and Bondi Junction only. There will be no change to current service frequency or hours of operation.
Route 272 
North Willoughby to City Wynyard
(Withdrawn Route)
This route will be withdrawn and replaced by the new frequent route 120 (Chatswood to City QVB).
Route 333 
North Bondi to City Circular Quay via Bondi Junction
Minor timetable changes to meet demand and improve reliability, maintaining the current frequencies of every 6 minutes or better during the day, and every 10 minutes or better during the early morning and evening, 7 days a week. Route 333 will now operate 24 hours, replacing overnight 333N services. Additional stops will be introduced along Oxford St to support improved customer access.
Route 333N
North Bondi to City Circular Quay via Bondi Junction
(Withdrawn Route)
This route will be withdrawn and existing early morning and late night services will operate as route 333.
Route 340
 Bondi Junction to Chatswood via City
(Withdrawn Route)
This route will be withdrawn and replaced by the new frequent route 120 (Chatswood to City QVB). Customers using route 340 between Bondi Junction and the City can use alternative services such as routes 333 and 440.
Route 343
 Kingsford to Chatswood via City
(Withdrawn Route)
This route will change to operate between City and Kingsford only. Services between Chatswood, North Sydney and the city will be replaced by the new route 115 (Chatswood to City via North Sydney). Route 343 will continue to operate between Kingsford and the City, with no changes to service frequency or hours of operation.
Route 500X 
West Ryde to City Hyde Park 
(New Route)
This is a new frequent route that will operate between West Ryde and Hyde Park in the city. The new route replaces routes:M52 (Parramatta to City Circular Quay)515 (currently Eastwood to City)*518 (currently Macquarie University to City)**520 (Parramatta to City Circular Quay)X15 (City Town Hall to Eastwood)X18 (City Town Hall to Denistone)* Route 515 will change to operate between Eastwood and Ryde shops** Route 518 will change to operate between Macquarie University and Meadowbank
Route 500N Parramatta to City Hyde Park
(New Route)
This is a new route that will replace the overnight services on route 520 (Parramatta to City Circular Quay). The 500N will operate between around 12am to 5am, seven days a week.
Route 501 Parramatta to Central Pitt StThis route will change to operate to Parramatta (currently runs to West Ryde) and will replace route M52 services between Parramatta and West Ryde.  Services will operate every 10 minutes or better during weekday peak hours, every 15 minutes during off peak times and Saturdays, and every 20 minutes on Sundays.  Early morning and late-night services will operate at least every 30 minutes.
Route 506 Macquarie University to City Domain via East RydeAdditional afternoon peak services on weekdays will be added to this route, to replace existing route X06 services (City Domain to East Ryde).
Route 507 Meadowbank Station to GladesvilleThis route will change to operate between Meadowbank Station and Gladesville only.During weekday morning and afternoon peak hours, services will be extended to and from the city.  Service frequency will be increased seven days a week (operating every 10 mins during weekday peak hours and 30 mins off peak), and later evening services will operate across the week.The new route 517 (Macquarie Centre to Ryde shops) will replace existing 507 trips between Macquarie University and Top Ryde.
Route 513 Carlingford to West RydeThis route will change to operate between Carlingford and West Ryde only. Route 518 will now provide full time connections to F3 ferries at Meadowbank Wharf.
Route 515 
Eastwood to Ryde shops
This route will change to operate between Eastwood and Ryde shops. Service frequency will increase across the week (operating every 15-20 mins during weekday peak hours, 30 mins on weekends) and later evening services will operate across the week. Services between Top Ryde and the city will be provided by the new frequent route 500X (West Ryde to City Hyde Park).
Route 517 
Macquarie Centre to Ryde shops
This is a new route that will replace route 507 between Macquarie University and Top Ryde. The 517 will operate seven days a week.
Route 518 
Macquarie University to Meadowbank
This route will change to operate between Macquarie University and Meadowbank Wharf via Top Ryde.
Route 520 
Parramatta to City Circular Quay
(Withdrawn Route)
This route will be withdrawn. Overnight and early morning services will be replaced by new route 500N (Parramatta to the City).
Route 525 
Parramatta to Strathfield
This route will change to operate between Parramatta and Strathfield only. Earlier and later services will operate throughout the week.
Route 549
 Parramatta to Epping via North Rocks
Additional morning peak services will be added to this route to provide additional travel options for customers.
Route M52 
Parramatta to City Circular Quay
(Withdrawn Route)
This route will be withdrawn and replaced by the new frequent route 500X between West Ryde and Hyde Park, and by route 501 between Parramatta and Pitt Street at Central Station. 
Route X06 
City Domain to East Ryde
(Withdrawn Route)
This route will be withdrawn and replaced by additional services on route 506.
Route X15
 City Town Hall to Eastwood
(Withdrawn Route)
This route will be withdrawn and replaced by the new frequent route 500X (between the City and Ryde) and route 515 (between Ryde and Eastwood).
Route X18 
City Town Hall to Denistone East
(Withdrawn Route)
This route will be withdrawn and replaced by the new frequent route 500X between the City and Ryde and route 518 between Macquarie University to Meadowbank (currently Macquarie University to City).
Route 977 
Miranda to Lilli Pilli (Loop Service)
There will be additional services. Services will operate around every 15 minutes during weekday peak hours and 30 minutes during off peak times and on Saturdays. Sunday services will operate every 60 minutes.Later evening services will operate seven days. There will be more than 115 additional weekly services
Route 987 
Cronulla to Kurnell (Loop Service)
There will be additional services. Services will operate around every 30 minutes during weekday peak hours and 60 minutes during off peak times and on weekends.Later evening services will operate seven days.There will be around 70 additional weekly services
Routes 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 208, 209, 251, 252, 253, 254, 255, 256, 258, 259, 458, 505, 521, 523, 524, 533, 536, 538, 540, 541, 543, 544, 545, 546, 549, 550, 551, 552, 553Minor timetable changes to meet demand and improve reliability

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 Frenchs 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.

Continue reading “Northern Beaches and Lower North Shore Service Changes from December 2020”

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 Randwick Junction, Maroubra Junction and Malabar Heights

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