Carlingford and North Rocks residents are on the road to better public transport next year.
From February, a new ‘On Demand’ bus service trial will give commuters a convenient way to get to their nearest transport hub.
The Transport for NSW pilot will operate within a 5km radius of Carlingford train station and the M2 Oakes Road bus interchange, where commuters can then travel to Macquarie Park, Chatswood, North Sydney and the city.
This service is great news for commuters,” Parramatta MP Geoff Lee said.
“On Demand services are set to play a big role in the future of public transport in NSW and I am delighted that residents in North Rocks and Carlingford will be among some of the first customers to experience the new service. I encourage all residents to take part in this unique trial that will help shape the future of transport not just here but across our state.”
The news comes after The Hills and Parramatta councillors called on the state government to address the lack of commuter parking at the M2 Oakes Road interchange.
“We’ve got up to 1000 cars parked in and around these back streets every morning so there are major safety issues,” Parramatta councillor Andrew Jefferies said.
On Demand services will be available 5.30am-9am on a fixed route and 5pm-8pm from hub to door on weekdays.
There will be four vehicles with a capacity to carry up to 10 passengers each, including two wheelchairs. Commuters can book via an app, online or by phone, with payment ofthe $5 fare made in advance via credit card. The trial will provide stand-alone services that will not affect existing bus services and will be run by private operator ComfortDelGro.
“We’re excited to work with Transport for NSW in providing a different style of public bus service for our customers making use of the latest technology and different types of vehicles,” chief executive Sk Cheng said.
Baulkham Hills MP David Elliott said: “On Demand services offer a sustainable model of public transportation and I encourage all residents to take part in this unique trial that will help shape the future of transportation.”
More details will be available early next year.