Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes today announced a big B-Line boost to 24/7 operations and more high frequency feeder services added to the timetable in response to changing travel patterns.
The popularity of the B-Line, the launch of new routes such as the 199 between Palm Beach and Manly, the introduction of the Keoride on-demand service, and the COVID-19 pandemic have seen significant shifts in how and when people are using public transport.
To respond to the changes, network updates will be introduced by the NSW Government to simplify the timetable, reduce service duplication, improve choice of travel time, and better use the empty buses currently travelling across the network.
Amendments to the network timetable, to be introduced later this year, include:
- B-Line to run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Late night services will also be extended to the QVB to assist passengers travelling home from the city.
- The 199 service (Palm Beach/Avalon Beach to Manly) will run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service will be boosted to operate at a 10 minute frequency across the day to Palm Beach and at least every 20 minutes overnight to Avalon Beach.
- Improved 10 minute frequencies during the peaks for the 191 service (Avalon-Clareville-Bilgola Plateau loop), 185 service (Warriewood-Narrabeen), and 182 service (Mona Vale-Elanora Heights-Narrabeen).
- 190X (Avalon Beach to City) reconfigured service to operate on a 10 minute frequency during the weekday peaks. This service will replace the current 188X.
- New 181X service operating between Narrabeen and the City every 10 minutes during the peaks.
- New 160X high frequency rapid service (Dee Why to Chatswood) using Warringah Road every 10 minutes throughout the day.
Changing passenger travel patterns, the addition of all-day services operating along the main transport corridor and the introduction of high frequency feeder services mean certain routes will be replaced or reconfigured. These will include the 154X, 183X, 185X, 188X and 189X.
“These changes reflect the significant shifts we’re seeing in how people are using our public transport network,” Rob Stokes said today.
“A lot has changed recently with new routes, new technology, new on-demand services and new travel habits. It’s important these factors are echoed in timetable updates.
“The sight of empty buses trundling along back streets obviously isn’t responsible or sustainable.
“We need to see more buses allocated to where they’re needed most, and more people given flexibility to travel at different times of the day.
“Almost 3 years since its successful launch – these changes will be a big birthday boost for the B-Line.
“The uptake of Keoride among commuters has certainly exceeded all expectations and the B-Line is now firmly established as our community’s go-to service.
“Even before COVID, Opal card data was showing a gradual shift in people commuting outside the usual peak periods, and the rising appeal of high-frequency, turn-up-and-go services.
“By providing improved connections to our local transport hubs, and rapid services throughout the day along our main transport corridor, we’re quickly moving towards a point where timetables are becoming unnecessary.
“We could also see exciting opportunities coming up to help reduce the carbon footprint of our bus fleet by introducing quieter, cleaner and more efficient electric buses on our feeder routes – and even solar charging infrastructure at the Mona Vale depot,” Rob Stokes said.
Transport for NSW will be liaising with Northern Beaches Council on further shelter enhancements at local transport hubs to help support the changes.
The changes are due to commence on 20 December. Further details are available at www.transportnsw.info