BUS passengers in western Sydney will have access to about 150 extra weekly services and 60 new buses after the latest round of private contracts was put out to tender.
Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian announced the second round of tender results on Wednesday, and said the government would save about $45 million a year, or more than $350 million over eight years, from running competitive bids.
The successful bidders also made commitments to improve services, with 63 new buses from the middle of next year, when their five-year contracts are due to start.
The biggest contract was awarded to ComfortDelGro Cabcharge (Hillsbus) to run about 500 buses a year through Blacktown, Rouse Hill, Castle Hill, Dural and Parramatta.
Hillsbus, which already held the contract, agreed to put on extra services on 17 routes and deliver improved running times on 42 routes.
Busways lost its contract to run services through Campbelltown, Narellan and Camden.
This contract was awarded instead to Neville's Bus Service.
PARRAMATTA Council will give away free plants to residents in the Parramatta local government area at its nursery in Cowells Lane Reserve, Ermington, on Saturday from 8am-noon. Each household is entitled to two free plants. Bring your rates notice or identification to show you are a Parramatta resident.