April’s Private Route of the Month takes us to the Hills District and CDC HillsBus Route M61.
The M61 operates between Castle Hill to Queen Victoria Building via Baulkham Hills and the M2 Motorway. M61 commenced on 20 December 2010 replacing many 610X services that duplicate its route. It initally operated to Railway Square but was curtailed to the QVB on 4 October 2015
The service runs from 6am-Midnight Sunday through Thursday and 24 Hours on Friday and Saturday. It runs every 10 minutes during peak hours, every 15 minutes off peak and every 20 minutes on weekends and at night.
The route is operated by HillsBus depots in Dural, Northmead and Seven Hills. They are operated by a mix of standard 12.5m and 14.5m buses with Volgren Bodywork and Scania Chassis and 12.5m buses with a Double Decker Bustech Bodywork.
Pictured: A HillsBus 14.5m bus with Volgren bodywork and Scalia chassis operating a M61 towards Castle Hill.
Welcome to Friday. Today we will be looking at Circular Quay Ferry Terminus.
Circular Quay is Sydney’s largest ferry wharf with 5 wharfs and 10 berths numbered east to west 2a-6b. Wharves 2-5 are used exclusively by Sydney Ferries whilst Wharf 6 is used by private operators including Manly Fast Ferries and Captain Cook Cruises.
Wharf 2 is used exclusively by F2 Taronga Zoo services, Wharf 3 is used exclusively for F1 Manly services and Wharves 4-6 are used for a variety of routes in the harbour and up the Parramatta River.
Pictured: Circular Quay Ferry Wharf from Above
Tuesday means it’s time for Train Talk!
In todays edition we will be taking about Sydney’s Central Station. It opened at it’s current location on Eddy Avenue in Haymarket on August 5th 1906. It initally had 11 platforms and by 1913 had 19 platforms.
As part of the electrification of the NSW railway network in the 1920s, platforms 16-19 were rebuilt as through platforms and new platforms 20-23 were also built. Platforms 10-15 were electrified at this time, with platforms 1-9 being electrode in 1959. Platforms 24 and 25 were bulit under platforms 23 as part of the ESR project in 1979
It is the busiest station in the Sydney Trains network with nearly 12 million passengers passing through the station a year.
There are 25 platforms with Platform 1 in the west and 25 in the East
Platforms 1-3 accessible via the Grand Concourse service NSW TrainLink Regional Services as well as Great Southern Rail Services.
Platforms 4-15 accessible via the Grand Councourse service NSW TrainLink Intercity services.
Platforms 16-25 accessible via the Northern and Southernconcourses service Sydney Trains Suburban Services as well as limited NSW TrainLink Services.
Central Station also has a large Coach Terminal, Light Rail Stop and Bus Terminal.
Pictured: Exterior Facade of Central Station from Eddy Avenue
Pictured: Platform 25 at Central Station
Our inaugural ‘Sydney Buses Route of the Week’ is Route 370 from Coogee to Leichhardt via UNSW, Green Square, Newtown and Glebe.
The 370 is the bus route that started my whole obsession with Transport. I used to catch the 3:05pm 370 every Thursday to go swimming and it was the highlight of my whole week.
The 370 began as a Monday to Friday 7am to 7pm service between Leichhardt Bus Depot and Coogee Beach on March 1 1999. This was later extended to include weekend services. From July 2002, the western terminus was changed from Leichhardt Bus Depot to Leichhardt Marketplace, providing better access to the centre of Leichhardt. Over time as the route became more and more popular, more services were introduced. As of the October 2013 timetable revision, the 370 was recategorised from a daytime only service to a full time service.
The 370 has been described by multiple sources as Sydney’s worst bus route for its lack of relability and its tendency to have bus bunching, where multiple services show up at the same time. Official Transport for NSW data shows the 370 as the bus route with the lowest percentage of on time trips across Sydney.
The service is operated by Leichhardt and Randwick bus depots with 12.5m buses. The buses are usually Ansair or Custom Coaches bodywork with a Mercedes Benz, Scania or Volvo chassis.¹
The service takes between 47 and 72 minutes to operate depending on the time of day and operates between 5:30am and Midnight daily, with a 10 minute frequency in peak hours, 20 minutes off peak and 30 minutes at night and on weekends. On weekends during summer, there are frequent short runnings between Coogee and Newtown.
Post updated 4 December 2019 to fix grammatical errors and add footnote.
Post updated 14 September 2018 to add additional information
¹ Since the original post, Leichhardt Depot has been sold to Transit Systems alongside State Transit’s Inner West operations. Route 370 was categorised as an Eastern Suburbs route and as such remained under State Transit operation. Since July 1 2018, all 370 services have been operated by Randwick Depot.
Today is the first Ferry Friday! To celebrate, we will be looking at the history of Harbour City Ferries, the operator of ferries in Sydney Harbour.
Harbour City Ferries took over the operation of ferries in Sydney Harbour from State Transit on July 28th 2012. They operator these services on behalf of the NSW Government.
Harbour City Ferries provides over 170 000 services a year across 7 routes in Sydney Harbour and employs over 650 people.
They are a wholly owned subsidiary of Transdev Australia, the largest multi-modal transport provider in Sydney.
Pictured: Collaroy operating a service to Manly
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
Welcome to Transport NSW Blog!
This blog will have at least 3 posts a week relating to Transport in NSW. There will be feature segments that occur every week or month as well as breaking news stories.
- Train Talk Tuesday
- Ferry Fridays
- Sydney Buses Route of the Week (Sundays)
- Private Buses Route of the Month (3rd Saturday of the month)
- Tram Tracks (1st Saturday of the month)