Seniors at Cardinal Gilroy Village love the convenience of the 802 bus service outside their front door.
The trouble is not all buses stop there during peak times.
Granville MP Julia Finn has called on the state government to review local bus timetables to improve accessibility for the elderly, who rely on the service to get to Merrylands, Parramatta, Fairfield and Liverpool.
Cardinal Gilroy Village is home to 400 elderly residents in Merrylands West. When buses do not divert down Barcom Street, less mobile residents struggle to walk between 500 and 1000 metres to the nearest stop.
While Parramatta and Merrylands bound services start from 7.07am, the first weekday service to Liverpool from the village is at 9.45am. All daytime services stop there on Saturdays every 30 minutes. On Sundays, it’s every second service on an hourly basis.
Ms Finn advertised a forum with opposition spokeswoman Jodi McKay at the village last Thursday. More than 25 residents turned up to express their concerns.
“They try to remain independent but getting to medical appointments can be difficult,” Ms Finn said.
“Being so close to places like Westmead, it should be easy, not an ordeal.”
Ms McKay added: “They’re small things but they improve the lives of these people, who deserve better transport services. It’s an easy to fix problem.The fact more than 25 residents came to a meeting shows they heavily rely on this bus.”
Ms Finn has lodged a notice of motion in parliament, which also expresses concern that parliamentary secretary for transport and infrastructure Mark Coure believes the demand for services to and from the village is met by existing services.
“The Transport Minister Andrew Constance needs to listen to the community who need the buses, instead of the bureaucrats,” Ms Finn said.
Mr Constance’s office redirected the Sun’s media inquiry to Transport for NSW.
“While not all 802 trips operate via Cardinal Gilroy Village, the current timetable does offer a considerable number of services for customers every day of the week,” a spokesman said.
“Feedback from customers regarding additional services via Cardinal Gilroy Village will be considered as part of future planning.”