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New Bus Routes Mean Big Changes For Wallsend Residents

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State Member for Wallsend, Ms Sonia Hornery MP, has urged Wallsend residents to pay close attention to alterations to the area’s bus routes and timetables after private operator Keolis Downer unveiled sweeping changes yesterday.

The new timetables will see every route renumbered and change the frequency of services. Some services will now terminate at Broadmeadow Station or the Newcastle Transport Interchange at Wickham.

The changes come on the heels of a number of issues that have dogged the operator since they took over Newcastle public transport in July, including hundreds of services cancelled without notice and a number of employment issues.

Information on the new routes and timetables can be found at http://www.newcastletransport.info/the-new-way

Quotes attributable to Member for Wallsend, Sonia Hornery

“Wallsend is home to many of the region’s hubs, including the University of Newcastle Callaghan campus and the John Hunter Hospital, so it’s important the western suburbs are adequately connected with the rest of the city.”

“I urge residents of the western suburbs to familiarise themselves with the new routes and timetables. The changes mean that some people will have to reorganise their travel plans.”

“Wallsend residents have been crying out for better public transport for many years. I hope that these changes are a step in the right direction.”

“There are reasons for residents to be concerned. There have been a number of well-publicised issues with service delivery and business management since Keolis Downer took over Newcastle public transport.”

“I urge Wallsend residents to contact Newcastle Transport if they have any issues with the new services.”

“These new services should only be part of the transport mix in Newcastle. I will continue pushing for infrastructure and alternative transport options including park and ride services.”