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Huge crowd demands review of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie’s new bus timetable

Feb 20, 2018Uncategorized

Last night we joined over 1,000 Newcastle commuters is venting our anger and frustrations over Newcastle’s privatised bus network.

Chris Preston, RTBU NSW Secretary addressed the audience to raise the concerns we’ve been bellowing for months. Privatisation leads to bus stop closures, removal of routes and reduced services. And for drivers, privatisation in Newcastle has also meant we are continually being paid incorrectly and are at the mercy of a rostering system riddled with errors.

Watch the live video of the meeting here. 

Read the article below.

“Hundreds of furious public transport users gave full voice to their resounding message to the NSW government at a public meeting on Monday night.

They want transport minister Andrew Constance to conduct a thorough, transparent, consultative review of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie’s new bus timetable.

The auditorium at Belmont 16s was packed to capacity for the meeting, hosted by the Hunter’s state Labor MPs, with the vocal crowd spilling out the front door of the club – some left because they couldn’t get in.

It came after weeks of anger from public transport users, who said the new timetable introduced in January by private operator Keolis Downer had impacted their ability to get around.

The meeting heard from several community members who told of how the new timetable had affected them.”

Read the full article by Nick Bielby here.