Sydney Bus Strike – What Are My Options?

With the Bus Strike in the Inner West, you need to make alternative arrangements to get where you need to be! Choosing a differnt public transport option, walking, cycling or driving are all options you can choose.

Information on Bus Services

  • No school bus services will be operating in the inner west or Sydney south, with parents advised to make alternative arrangements. School Opal passes will be valid on any mode of public transport.
  • Routes 438 and 461 will operate a limited and modified service along Parramatta Rd during the morning and afternoon peak (6am-10am and 3pm-7pm). These services will operate in the peak direction only and are expected to fill quickly
  • Metrobus Services (except M41) will continue to operate at a reduced frequency. These include M10, M20, M30 and M50.
  • Cross-City routes that operate within the region will continue to operate at a reduced frequency. These include but are not limited to 348, 370, 400, 418 and 440.

In addition 

  • Real-time apps will not provide accurate information for modified services.
  • Services that do run will be delayed with excessive congestion expected. 

Other Public Transport Options

  • Light Rail on the L1 line, including stops in Dulwich Hill, Lewisham, Leichhardt, Lilyfield, Rozelle Bay and Glebe
  • Ferry Services on the F3 line, including stops in Sydney Olympic Park, Cabarita, Abbotsford, Chiswick, Drummoyne and Balmain.
  • Train Services on the T1 or T2 lines including major stops at Rhodes, Sydney Olympic Park, Strathfield, Burwood, Ashfield and Newtown.

The Following List of Routes Will Have No Service Today

401, 406, 407, 408, 412, 413, 415, 422, 423, 425, 426, 428, 430, 431, 433, 436, 437, 439, 441, 442, 444, 445, 460, 462, 463, 464, 466, 470, 473, 476, 477, 478, 479, 480, 483, 487, 490, 491, 492, 493, 495, 502, 504, 508, 526, L23, L28, L37, L38, L39, M41, X04 and X25.

Sydney Bus Strike – What You Need To Know

STA services in the Inner West will not operate tomorrow as drivers strike in respone to the planned sell off of Inner West bus services. Services operated from Burwood, Kingsgrove Leichhardt and Tempe are affected.

Some limited services on major routes will still run in addition to routes serviced by depots that are not affected. These include most Victoria Road services and a limited number of M10,M20, M30, M50, 303, 370, 400, 418 and 4440 services. All of these services will be severely limited and not run to a timetable, don’t rely on them. Some routes in other areas will also be affected as they are operated by these depots.

The NSW Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) announced the strike on Wednesday evening, saying it will begin at midnight and last for 24 hours. The Rail, Tram and Bus Union sys the strike will “affect all routes across the inner west and southern Sydney”. In a statement, the union said the strike was a reaction to Transport Minister Andrew Constance’s “betrayal of inner western and south Sydney commuters and public transport workers. This action is our members’ initial response to this outrageous action”.

Mr Preston said members of the public should make alternative arrangements to get to work and school, and urged Premier Gladys Berejiklian to intervene in the situation immediately. “Minister Constance needs to understand that you cannot treat the community and public transport workers with such contempt,” he said. “We call on the Premier to intervene as a matter of urgency and put a stop to this attack on our public transport network.”

Services in the area highlighted in blue are affected

In a statement on Wednesday evening, Mr Constance said he hoped workers would break the strike and turn up to work anyway. He said the government is sourcing a fleet of buses to operate a “more limited service in the areas of highest demand”. “This call for a strike is about union bosses putting themselves before customers, egged on by the Labor party,” Mr Constance said. “I hope the majority of bus drivers who want to deliver a better service to customers ignore their union bosses and show up to work tomorrow.

The Begining of the End – Plans to Privatise Sydney Buses

Tonight for the first time, the NSW government has confirmed what has been long expected. It plans to privatise the State Tranist Authoritiy Sydney Buses services.

The contract for Region 6, covering most Sydney’s Inner West including Burwood, Drummoyne, Leichhardt, Newtown, Olympic Park, Rockdale and Strathfield, will be put out to private tender. It is one of four regions operated by the government owned State Transit Authority.

The tender will begin in July this year and is expected to be completed with the new operteor in place by July 2018. Large companies such as Keolis Downer and Transit Systems ahve expressed an interested in the lucrative contract.

‘There have been improvements in recent years, but the State Transit (Authority) still lags a long way behind its industry competitors in measures like on-time running and reliability,’  The services had some of the worst on-time running results last year, and attracted the highest number of complaints out of Sydney’s metropolitan area in recent years.’ The Transport Minister Andrew Constance said in a statement on Monday.

Labor’s spokeswoman for transport Jodi McKay says she fears the plans are a prelude to a wholesale sell-off of Sydney’s transport network. ‘This is a government that is rapidly getting out of the business of running public services, Buses should be run for the public benefit, not for private profit.’

About 1200 bus drivers will be affected by the decision, with the workforce highly unionised. The Rail Tram and Bus Union has signalled it will engage in strike action should the tenders go ahead as they claim they have been mislead and betrayed by the government. 

Rail Tram and Bus Union divisional secretary Chris Preston said workers had been told as recently as December that STA’s contract for bus regions in Sydney would remain after a restructure that included the axing of 200 back-office staff. “This is the biggest betrayal this Minister Constance can do to these workers. The rest of Sydney’s bus drivers will be furious as well,” he said.

It is understood that the other regions will be privatised once major new infrastructure is in place. Sydney Metro in Region 7, The B-Line in Region 8 and the CSELR in region 9. It is believed that the operators of those services will take over the STA buses as well.

Opal Price Increases

From July 3 2017, Opal fares will increase in line with inflation. It is understood that this will now be a yearly increase and not a one off.

This is a change to the previous fare freeze related to Opal fares and also a rejection of Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal’s suggested average annual increase of 4.2 per cent.

A Summary:

  • Limited 2.4 per cent CPI only increase to Opal fares from July 3
  • Gold Opal remains at $2.50 all day travel
  • Popular ‘Transfer Discount’ to remain

Sample CPI Changes.

  • A train fare from Penrith to Town Hall during peak hour will increase from $6.46 to $6.61
  • A bus fare from Blacktown to Baulkham will increase from $4.50 to $4.61
  • A ferry fare from Manly to Circular Quay will increase from $7.18 to $7.35
  • A light rail fare from Dulwich Hill to The Star will increase from $3.50 to $3.58

Premier Apology – Granville Train Disaster

Today Premier Gladys Berejiklian has apologised to the victims of the Granville Train Diaster. Survivors, first responders and relatives of victims sat in the gallery as the Premier made her apology.

She expressed her profound sy,patties o the victims of the tradegdy including families, survivors and the first responders. “I express my genuine heartfelt sorrow for the terrible trauma you suffered at the time and the devastating pain and loss that you’ve had to live with for many years since.” 

She also acknowledged that nothing including her apology could make up for the pain and suffering. ‘There is nothing we can do to take the pain away, but we hope today goes to acknowledging that and supporting you into the future.’

Various other members including Minister for Transport Andrew Constance, Opposition Leader Luke Foley and Member for Granville also spoke.

On the morning of January 18, 1977, 83 people died and over 200 more were injured when the train derailed causing a  bridge to collapse onto the commuter train travelling from the Blue Mountains

Pictured: The aftermath of the Granville Train Disaster
Pictured: Gladys Berejiklian apologises for Granville train disaster

Moore Park Major Events on Saturday

This saturday it will be very busy at Moore Park with both a AFL game between the Sydney Swans and the Brisbane Lions at the SCG as well as the more important and highly antipacted A-League Grand Final between Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory at the neighbouring Allianz Stadium. Over 80000 fans are expected to the two matches and therefore the precinct will be busy. It is estimated that 40000 fans will attend each individual match.

The worst is expected to be around 4pm. This is 15 minutes after the expected finishing time fo the AFL match and 1 hour prior to the start of the A-League grand final. Car parking and traffic will be an absolute nightmare as AFL fans leave and A-League fans arrive.

It is highly recommended to fans to use Pubic Transport. Expresses buses will run from Central from 9:30am until 1pm and again from 2:30pm until 5pm. These services will return to Central between 3:30pm and 5pm and again between 18:45pm until 1 hour after the conclusion of the match. Regular buses also run to and from the City and South East from Anzac Parade

In addition, walking to and from Central particular around 4pm is highly recommmed. Walkers should go via the Tibby Cotter bridge and Devonshire Street.

AFL fans must pay with an Opal Card for all Public Transport use on the day. A-League fans will receive free public transport as part of a deal between FFA and the NSW Governement providing free transport to all A-League matches played in NSW.

Lane Cove Bus Changes

From last week, our readers may have noticed that there were some extra route 294 services operating between Lane Cove and Wynyard using Bendy Buses. TFNSW has confirmed that these are permenant addditons to the timetable. Some other services have had t]minor time changes to ensure a regular frequency.

From 4 June, a new route 530 will begin operating between Chatswood and Burwood via Lane Cove and Five Dock. The timetable and exact routing will be released closer to the start date. It is understood that services will run every 20-30 minutes between 6am-11pm daily.

In addition, bus marshals are now stationed at Lane Cove interchange in the mornings to provide help and assitance. 

Central Coach Stop Changes

There will be changes to the locations that coaches stop at Central Station, starting from Saturday 22 April.

All coaches that currently stop on Eddy Avenue will move their stop to the western forecourt next to the grand concourse.

This is due to works associated with the CBD and South East Light Rail Project

Easter Service Changes

For the Royal Sydney Easter Show extra train and bus services will operate.

Trains will run direct to Olympic Park from Central via Redfern and Strathfield and Lidcombe every day of the event. These will operate every 20 minutes on weekdays and every 8 minutes on weekend. On weekends, extra services from Blacktown via Seven Hills, Parramatta and Granville every 30 minutes. Sydney Olympic Park Major Event Buses will also operate every day of the event at least every 30 minutes.

Pictured: Sydney Olympic Park Major Event Bus Route 1A at Aquatic Termial

In addition all bus services will run to changed timetables over the Easter Long Weekend.

Good Friday – 14 April 2017 – Services will operate to a Sunday timetable.

Easter Saturday – 15 April 2017 – Services will operate to a Saturday timetable.

Easter Sunday – 16 April 2017 – Services will operate to a Sunday timetable.

Easter Monday – 17 April 2017 – Services will operate to a Sunday timetable

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