Revealed: Keolis Downer confirms changes to region’s bus timetable

27/04/2020 Posted by admin

Revealed: Keolis Downer confirms changes to region’s bus timetable Patrons at the Newcastle Interchange during the Newcastle 500 supercars weekend in 2017.
出售老域名

Crowd pressure: An estimated turn-out of 1000 people attended the public meeting about bus timetable issues at Belmont in February.

Residents rallied in recent weeks from Gregson Park Hamilton to the bus depot protesting changes to the Newcastle bus network. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Residents rallied in recent weeks from Gregson Park Hamilton to the bus depot protesting changes to the Newcastle bus network. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Residents rallied in recent weeks from Gregson Park Hamilton to the bus depot protesting changes to the Newcastle bus network. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Residents rallied in recent weeks from Gregson Park Hamilton to the bus depot protesting changes to the Newcastle bus network. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Residents rallied in recent weeks from Gregson Park Hamilton to the bus depot protesting changes to the Newcastle bus network. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Residents rallied in recent weeks from Gregson Park Hamilton to the bus depot protesting changes to the Newcastle bus network. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Residents rallied in recent weeks from Gregson Park Hamilton to the bus depot protesting changes to the Newcastle bus network. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Residents rallied in recent weeks from Gregson Park Hamilton to the bus depot protesting changes to the Newcastle bus network. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Residents rallied in recent weeks from Gregson Park Hamilton to the bus depot protesting changes to the Newcastle bus network. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Residents rallied in recent weeks from Gregson Park Hamilton to the bus depot protesting changes to the Newcastle bus network. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Residents rallied in recent weeks from Gregson Park Hamilton to the bus depot protesting changes to the Newcastle bus network. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Residents rallied in recent weeks from Gregson Park Hamilton to the bus depot protesting changes to the Newcastle bus network. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Residents rallied in recent weeks from Gregson Park Hamilton to the bus depot protesting changes to the Newcastle bus network. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Residents rallied in recent weeks from Gregson Park Hamilton to the bus depot protesting changes to the Newcastle bus network. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Residents rallied in recent weeks from Gregson Park Hamilton to the bus depot protesting changes to the Newcastle bus network. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Residents rallied in recent weeks from Gregson Park Hamilton to the bus depot protesting changes to the Newcastle bus network. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Residents rallied in recent weeks from Gregson Park Hamilton to the bus depot protesting changes to the Newcastle bus network. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Residents rallied in recent weeks from Gregson Park Hamilton to the bus depot protesting changes to the Newcastle bus network. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Residents rallied in recent weeks from Gregson Park Hamilton to the bus depot protesting changes to the Newcastle bus network. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Residents rallied in recent weeks from Gregson Park Hamilton to the bus depot protesting changes to the Newcastle bus network. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Residents rallied in recent weeks from Gregson Park Hamilton to the bus depot protesting changes to the Newcastle bus network. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Residents rallied in recent weeks from Gregson Park Hamilton to the bus depot protesting changes to the Newcastle bus network. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Residents rallied in recent weeks from Gregson Park Hamilton to the bus depot protesting changes to the Newcastle bus network. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Residents rallied in recent weeks from Gregson Park Hamilton to the bus depot protesting changes to the Newcastle bus network. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Residents rallied in recent weeks from Gregson Park Hamilton to the bus depot protesting changes to the Newcastle bus network. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Residents rallied in recent weeks from Gregson Park Hamilton to the bus depot protesting changes to the Newcastle bus network. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Residents rallied in recent weeks from Gregson Park Hamilton to the bus depot protesting changes to the Newcastle bus network. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Residents rallied in recent weeks from Gregson Park Hamilton to the bus depot protesting changes to the Newcastle bus network. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Residents rallied in recent weeks from Gregson Park Hamilton to the bus depot protesting changes to the Newcastle bus network. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Residents rallied in recent weeks from Gregson Park Hamilton to the bus depot protesting changes to the Newcastle bus network. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Residents rallied in recent weeks from Gregson Park Hamilton to the bus depot protesting changes to the Newcastle bus network. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Residents rallied in recent weeks from Gregson Park Hamilton to the bus depot protesting changes to the Newcastle bus network. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Residents rallied in recent weeks from Gregson Park Hamilton to the bus depot protesting changes to the Newcastle bus network. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

TweetFacebookNewcastle Heraldcan reveal that Keolis Downer will amend its newtimetable–which has been the subject ofpublic outcry in recent months–in response to community feedback.

Cardiff and Macquarie Hills will get a direct service to Kotara, as willsouth eastern Lake Macquarie withCharlestown.

Direct services between Swansea Heads, Charlestown and Newcastle CBD will also be added to the timetable.

Read more:Keolis Downer releases new bus timetable

Keolis Downer says it will improve bus services to The House With No Steps in Lambton–one of the region’s largest providers for people with a disability–andhas also confirmed it is looking to improve connections between Cardiff South and Charlestown.

The changes come after vocal public backlash to the new timetable, whichwas introduced in January.

The reaction has included public protests, a community meeting at Belmont that drew about1000 people and a petition that triggered a debate in state parliament.

Read more:Region’s bus woes ‘horrific’: Lake Macquarie mayor

Keolis Downer Hunter general manager Mark Dunlop said the changes would be introduced after scheduling, timetabling and engagement with staff, the union and other stakeholders.

“While the network is performing well overall, we know there are some connections that aren’t working,” he said.

“The refinements we’re implementing will address the bulk of customer feedback received on the new network since it was launched three months ago, with improved connections for Swansea, Mount Hutton, and east Lake Macquarie.

“Changes to the network need to be meticulously checked from a scheduling perspectiveand Newcastle Transport will also continue engaging with its staff and the union prior to the refinements going live.”

Moreinformation is expected to be released in June and new timetables will be available in July.

Comments are closed.