Bus Service Changes October 2021

There will be changes to bus services in Northern, North-Western and Western Sydney from the 18th and 24th of October. These changes have been designed to streamline services and update timetables to reflect changed traffic conditions.

There will be changes to bus services later this month – Transport NSW Blog Collection
  • Hillsbus and Forest Coachlines Changes (all except Route 779) will occur on Monday 18 October 2021
  • Busways Changes (Route 779) will occur on Sunday 24 October

OCTOBER 2021 BUS CHANGES

ROUTECHANGES
607NRoute withdrawn
All existing trips to operate as route 607X between the City and Bella Vista.
Customers travelling from the City to beyond Bella Vista can still catch Nightride route N92.
607XAdditional services
Route 607X will replace all existing route 607N between City and Bella Vista.
Service frequency on weekends increased to 15 minutes.
Minor timetable adjustments across the week to better reflect traffic conditions.
Over 70 additional weekly services.
610XRoute and timetable changes
Route 610X weekday peak hour services between Kellyville and Castle Hill will no longer run; all services will operate between Castle Hill and the City only.
Alternative travel options for customers between Kellyville and Castle Hill available on routes 601, 626, 632, 633 and 715, providing connections to Sydney Metro or other bus services at either Hills Showground or Castle Hill stations.
Minor changes to weekday peak hour service frequency.
Weekday early morning and off-peak frequency increased to 10 minutes.
Additional early morning and evening trips on weekends.
Minor timetable adjustments across the week to better reflect traffic conditions.
Over 30 additional weekly services.
611Additional services
Service frequency on Sundays increased to 15 minutes.
Around 40 additional weekly services.
619Timetable change
Changes to service hours during morning and afternoon peak on weekdays, with reduction in shoulder peak trips.
Service frequency will be maintained during the busiest part of the morning and afternoon peak.
643New route
Operates between Rouse Hill and Gables via Box Hill.
Operates every 30 mins on weekdays and on weekends.
Provides new access to bus services for newly developed areas of Box Hill in the Mount Carmel Drive and Brahman Road area.
Over 440 additional weekly services,
779Route extension and additional services
Existing route 779 (St Marys – Erskine Park) will be extended to the Oakdale West precinct at Kemps Creek and upgraded to support customer access to existing and new employment areas in Erskine Park and Kemps Creek.
Operating hours will increase, with new off peak and weekend services.
Over 170 additional weekly services.
School ServicesNew school routes
New school services to serve new Santa Sophia Catholic. College:4x AM routes – routes 2107, 2108, 2109, 2110
4x PM routes – routes 2687, 2688, 2689, 2690.
40 additional weekly services commencing in Term 4.
141, 193, 280, 602X, 607X, 611, 612X, 613X, 614X, 615X, 616X, 619, 620X, 622, 642X, 652XMinor timetable changes
Minor timetable adjustments across the week to better reflect traffic conditions.

Dynamic Weekday Timetables Introduced as COVID-19 Restrictions Relaxed

Transport for NSW has confirmed that public transport across the Greater Sydney area will mostly operate to a dynamic weekday timetable from Monday 2 August 2021. This is a significant increase to the Sunday timetables that have been in force since 19 July, and reflect the expected additional travel demand as some restrictions regarding Construction work are lifted from today.

Public Transport will run to ‘Dynamic Weekday Timetables’ from Monday 2 August 2021 – Transport NSW Blog Collection

These ‘dynamic’ timetables will not be regular weekday timetables. Instead, they will provide the general span of service that is usually seen on a weekday with changes to frequency based on the changed demand during the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown in Greater Sydney. This will mean extra services in the early morning and early afternoon, with reduced levels of service at the height of peak, particularly on AM/PM City Express services.

Changes by mode are listed below;

Buses

Most services will operate to a weekday school holiday timetable. There will be reduced frequencies on AM/PM City Express services. Dedicated school services will operate where required.

Ferries

Services will operate hourly on all lines.

Light Rail

L1 Dulwich Hill Line services will operate to a normal weekday timetable. L2 Randwick Line services will operate to a Sunday timetable with additional services in the early morning and early afternoon. L3 Kingsford Line services will operate to a Sunday timetable.

Metro

Services will run every 10 minutes during peak periods and every 20 minutes at other times. 

Trains

Sydney Trains services will mostly operate to a weekday timetable. There will be reduced services in the AM and PM peak. Extra services will operate in the early morning.

NSW Trainlink Intercity services will mostly operate to a weekday timetable. There will be reduced services in the AM and PM peak.

NSW TrainLink Regional services operate to a weekday timetable for Regional, Hunter, Bathurst, Southern Highland lines. Services to Grafton have been cancelled.

Despite the increase in service, Transport for NSW is still urging all residents to stay home whilst the lockdown under COVID-19 Public Health Order continues.

Services Cuts as COVID Lockdown Takes Hold

Transport for NSW has confirmed that services across the Greater Sydney area will be cut from Monday 19 July 2021, as restrictions under the COVID-19 Public Health Orders continue to be tightened. This means that all services will move to a permanent reduced Sunday timetable until further notice.

Services will be cut to Sunday timetables until further notice across Greater Sydney – Transport NSW Blog Collection

The move to reduced timetables will see a significant reduction in service across the entire network. Changes by travel mode include;

Buses

Services will operate to a Sunday or reduced timetable with additional services along some corridors. School services will still operate in some areas.

Sydney Metro

Services will run every 10 minutes during peak periods and every 20 minutes at other times. 

Sydney Trains

All lines will operate to a Sunday timetable. 

NSW TrainLink Intercity

BMT, CCN and SCL will operate to a Sunday timetable, HUN and SHL lines will operate as normal. 

Sydney Ferries

Services will operate hourly on all lines, except the Pyrmont line which will operate every 30 minutes.

Sydney Light Rail 

Services will run every 20 minutes 

This comes as COVID-19 restrictions continue to be tightened across Greater Sydney in response to the growing outbreak of the Delta strain in Sydney, with 1242 local cases since the start of the current cluster as of 18 July. Restrictions on movement are forcing work and study from home whilst many cannot leave their Local Government Areas except for essential work. Masks continue to be mandatory on public transport.

Transport for NSW COO Howard Collins urged commuters to stay home and not travel on public transport services across the coming weeks. Collins also noted that it is really important that we ensure the remaining services are only used by essential workers as per the current public health orders.

Update 22/07/21 – As a result of overcrowding concerns, additional services have been added to the network on top of the regular Sunday service levels. This includes extra bus services along key corridors and a doubling of peak Sydney Metro frequency from every 20 minutes to every 10 minutes.

Bus routes with extra services include;

  • B1 – Mona Vale to City Wynyard
  • 265 – Lane Cove to North Sydney
  • 309 – Banksmeadow to Railway Square
  • 309X – Port Botany to Railway Square
  • 324 – Watsons Bay to Edgecliff
  • 352 – Marrickville to Bondi Junction
  • 400 – Eastgardens to Randwick
  • 440 – Leichhardt to Railway Square
  • 600 – Pennant Hills to Parramatta
  • 607X – Bella Vista to City QVB
  • 610X – Castle Hill to City QVB
  • 611 – Blacktown to Macquarie Park
  • 664 – Parramatta to Norwest
  • 665 – Parramatta to Rouse Hill
  • 723 – Mt Druitt to Eastern Creek
  • 723 – Blacktown to Eastern Creek
  • 724 – Blacktown to Huntingwood
  • 779 – St Marys to Erskine Park

Update 25/07/21 – Based on updated advice from Transport for NSW there have been changes to bus services in some areas. Forest Coachlines, Transdev North Shore, and Busabout will all move to a weekday school holiday timetable with no school services from today. Punchbowl and Transdev South will move to a Saturday timetable with no school services from today. State Transit, Transit Systems, Hillsbus, Busways and Interline are all remaining on Sunday timetables including the previously reported supplementary services.

Update 31/07/21 – Move to ‘Dynamic Weekday Timetables,’ see here

Community Win – Balgowlah Bus Changes from 11 July 2021

Bus services in Balgowlah will be modified from Sunday 11 July 2021 in response to community feedback following a network review late last year. In particular, these changes have been designed to address significant community concern surrounding new route 172X.

Bus services in Balgowlah will be modified from 11 July 2021 – Transport NSW Blog Collection

Changes from 11 July 2021 in Balgowlah include;

  • Timetable adjustments for route 172X, predominantly during weekday peak periods, with a reduction in the number of services operating via the Urunga Street area
  • Reinstatement of peak hour route 168X between North Balgowlah, Seaforth and the City on weekdays
  • Reinstatement of peak hour route 171X between Balgowlah Shops, Balgowlah Heights and the City on weekdays
  • Timetable adjustments for route 162 between Seaforth and Manly, to support the reinstatement of route 171X, and to improve connections with ferry services at Manly during the afternoon peak period

There are a number of benefits that will be achieved from the introduction of these changes. Those living in Balgowlah Heights will regain direct peak services to the City on route 171X, those living in North Balgowlah will have a more direct service to the City on route 168X and there will be less services onroute 172X using the narrow Urunga Street during peak periods, addressing a key community concern. There will be the same number of buses between North Balgowlah, Seaforth and the City as now, as all removed on route 172X are being directly replaced by new 168X services.

These service changes are a big win for the Balgowlah community and come after a protracted community consultation period held in May 2021. This set of changes illustrate that community campaigns for service changes can be effective, and that Transport for NSW does actually listen to community consultation when it is conducted. The concern here is why there was not community consultation prior to the original set of changes, community consultation which might have addressed the problems identified before they ever occured.

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.

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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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