Transport for NSW under fire from Pyrmont locals for falling stops on the 389 bus route. Photo: Sydney Expert and Wikipedia.
By AMBER GRIFFIN
A group of Pyrmont residents said they were ignored by the NSW government over concerns about limited public transport options, after key bus stops were removed from an essential route at the start of the year.
The Pyrmont Peninsula Public Transport Forum(PPPTF), a group of Pyrmont businesses and residents who advocate for improved public transport options, say the government has not done enough to address the dwindling viable public transport options in Pyrmont.
PPPTF organizer Lesley Bentley said Pyrmont residents and businesses need more reliable buses, more bus stops and more frequent services.
“The PPPTF is initially focused on replacing public transport/amenities that have recently been phased out by the government with minimal, if any, community consultation.”
Ms Bentley says the community group has been repeatedly ignored by the NSW government over her concerns.
“We can’t get the NSW Transport Minister (David Elliot) to help or care about our 3 simple requests.”
The PPPTF is requesting two additional bus stops along the 389 bus route, which connects many Pyrmont residents from the north of the peninsula, to Town Hall station and Bondi Junction. The groups are also calling for the reinstatement of a Pyrmont Ferry stop on the F10 Ferry. itinerary.
The Pyrmont Peninsular Public Transport Forum advocates for three solutions in Pyrmont. Photo: PPPTF.
In January this year, when Transport for NSW changed the 389 bus route, residents spoke of the loss of a key stop.
Transport for NSW said in a statement that the changes were made to create “consistent bus stop locations across Sydney’s CBD”, but residents complained the change significantly increased journey times in the CBD. .
Ms Bentley says PPPTF wants these key stops reintroduced to Route 389.
‘Nor does the Minister acknowledge that there is a perfectly suitable location for a bus stop in York Street, diagonally opposite the former King St stop,’ Ms Bentley said.
“It’s very frustrating because we only ask for a deposit.”
Sydney MP demands answers from Transport Minister
NSW member for Sydney Alex Greenwich previously sent two separate letters to NSW Transport Minister David Elliot, with the first letter sent in February 2022.
Mr Greenwich asked the NSW Transport Minister about the Government’s plans for public transport linking Pyrmont to the shops on Broadway, the University of Sydney and the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
The response was that residents could take the light rail to Central Station and use services via Parramatta Road to get to the shops on Broadway.
Mr Greenwich sent an additional letter in May asking what the suggested route would be for those traveling from Pyrmont to the Western CBD on Route 389, as essential stops had been removed.
Mr Elliott said Transport for NSW had explored the 389 route but “due to operational reasons and limited bus stop opportunities in the Central Business District (CBD), no suitable bus stop location is available. was identified”.
Transport for NSW also said it would no longer do formal community consultations on the routes.
Sydney mayor blames Transport for NSW
Recently, the organizer of ‘Pyrmont Action Inc.‘ Elizabeth Elenius has sent a letter to Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore expressing concern about changes to the 389 bus route and public transport links between Pyrmont and the city centre.
The Lord Mayor responded to the letter, sharing that the City of Sydney is not responsible for the location of bus stops and that Transport for NSW has introduced the changes as part of its South East Bus Plan , after consulting the community on the draft plan between April and June 2021.
“Transport for NSW determines the location of bus stops and works with bus operators to meet the needs of their bus routes and timetables,” the Lord Mayor said.
“Generally, we will advocate retaining bus stops that maintain important transport links for the community.”
Residents say they ‘rarely’ go out except by taxi
The PPPTF reports that a Pyrmont resident who recently moved to the area noted that his previous perception of public transport in Pyrmont did not necessarily match reality.
“It was really disappointing to hear that the F10 ‘Me-Mel’ ferry no longer serves Pyrmont, and it’s infuriating to see it literally pass you on its way from Glebe to town,” the resident said.
Another longtime Pyrmont resident commented on how difficult it has become to go out on dates or social occasions due to mobility issues.
“Our grandson loves visiting Darling Harbor where he has fun in the children’s facilities.”
“As we are over 80, it was very convenient on the way back to take the bus to the Maritime Museum, but it became a hike to get back to Pyrmont. Now we rarely go out, except as a family or in a taxi.
The Sydney West Metro linking the CBD to Parramatta and Western Sydney is expected to have a stop at Pyrmont, but the planned completion of the project is 2030.
The proposed design for Pyrmont Underground Station as part of the Sydney West Underground. Photo: Government of New South Wales
Lesley Bentley and the PPPTF are urging MPs and councils to meet with them and hear their concerns, calling for small changes to public transport that will help residents and businesses now.
“We can’t wait for the subway to open,” Ms Bentley said.
“We need the opportunity to undertake meaningful and timely consultations with government and council, and to have a real commitment to listen to the voice of the public, whom they serve.”