Hillsbus Changes from 28 July 2019

From Sunday 28 July there will be major changes to Hillsbus operations in the Hills District and North West. The changes build on the opening of the Sydney Metro North West Line and provide more frequent services in the local area to cover the new stations, shopping and medical precincts.

There will be changes to Hillsbus services in the Hills District – Transport NSW Blog Collection

New and modified bus services will will provide connections to Sydney Metro services in Rouse Hill, Kellyville, Bella Vista and Castle Hill. There will also be more services to new residential developments including Arnold Avenue and Foxall Road.

Since Sydney Metro opened there has been reduced demand on buses travelling to destinations like Macquarie Park, Chatswood, North Sydney and the Sydney CBD via the M2. Some M2 bus services will be adjusted to reflect the reduced demand.

Regular M2 buses will continue to run between the North West, Macquarie Park, North Sydney and Sydney CBD, but if you are travelling to areas like Chatswood you will be able to access turn-up-and-go Sydney Metro services with extra local services to connect to your nearest station.

Find a full list of service changes below the jump.

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Featured Bus Route – July 2019

EDITORS NOTE – We are moving the “Featured Bus Route” series from the end of the month to the beginning of the month from this month. Going forward, “Featured Bus Route” series posts will be published on or around the first Sunday of the month. We are also looking for an idea of what routes and information that our readers would like to see published in future editions of the Featured Bus Route series. Please let us know by using the contact form or sending us an email. 

For July 2019, our featured bus route is Route 962 between Miranda and East Hills via Sutherland, Menai, Illawong, Padstow, Revesby and UWS Millperra.  It is operated by Transdev NSW.


On 11 February 1935, Route 237 between Sutherland and Woronora Rover was commenced by GH Ramsay. By December 1948 the service was transferred to Mayman Bros and it was later rerouted to Prince Edward Park in Woronora. From 1956 school trips were operated as far as Menai, with the service later extending to Padstow via Menai on all journeys from November 1980. By 1984, the operator had become Menai Bus Service.

From 16 November 1987, Route 237 was renumbered into the Sydney Region Route Numbering System. Routes 960-961-962-963 operated a shared trunk route between Sutherland and Menai, with the four routes all branching off beyond this point to cover different parts of the previous Route 237. Route 962 operated along the stretch between Sutherland and Menai only. In August 1989, the service was transferred to Deanes Coaches, who then later changed their name to Southtrans in July 1989.

From 8 November 1989, Route 962 was extended from Menai to Padstow, with selected services extending to Bankstown. From 12 October 1992 the service was modified to operate between Miranda and Bankstown via Sutherland, Menai and Padstow. From September 1994, the service was truncated back to Padstow instead of Bankstown. Route 961 was absorbed into Route 962 from 20 October 1997, which meant that all Miranda to Padstow services were now numbered 962.

By June 2002, Route 962 was being operated by Connex NSW. Later, on 22 July 2002, the service was curtailed to operate between Sutherland and Padstow only. This truncation was only short lived, with services to Miranda resuming on 12 May 2003.

On 18 May 2006, the service was transferred to Veolia Transport. As a result of the Ministry of Transport review of Region 10 all Route 962 services operated between Miranda and Bankstown from 28 May 2006. A trial extension of the route to Cronulla on weekends was introduced for a 6 month trial on 21 September 2009 as part of the Ministry of Transport review of Region 11. This extension was later made permanent. On 1 July 2013, Veolia Transport merged with Transdev, with the combined entity operating as Transdev NSW.

Most recently, on 2 December 2018, Route 962 was rerouted to East Hills via Revesby and UWS Milperra, with the Padstow to Bankstown corridor now serviced by the M92. Additionally, weekend services to Cronulla were also discontinued at this time. This meant that Route 962 now operated Miranda to East Hills via Sutherland, Menai, Illawong, Padstow, Revesby and UWS Milperra.


Route 962 operates every 15-20 minutes during weekday peak hour and every 30 minutes during weekday off-peak and on Saturdays. Monday through Saturday the service operates between 6am and Midnight.  On Sundays Route 962 is an hourly service operating between 8am and 8pm only.

Transit Systems Electric Bus Trial

From Today (July 1 2019), Transit Systems will begin operating four brand new electric buses in Sydney’s Inner West as part of a 2 year trial of the technology.

Electric Bus charging at Leichhardt Depot – Australasian Bus and Coach

These Gemilang-bodied, BYD electric chassis buses use 80kW of power per hour, with a total battery capacity of 328kW. The buses also feature regenerative braking, allowing for the bus to recoup around 35% of its battery power in a regular urban setting.

Transit Systems CEO Clint Feuerherdt says that Transit Systems is committed to exploring new bus technologies. “Be it electric, hydrogen, on-demand or traditional bus services, we’ll continue to invest in new technologies and ideas to ensure we are delivering the most convenient, reliable and cost effective services to commuters,”

The buses will be fitted with next stop displays and announcements, providing audio and visual route and location information for customers. This systems is expected to be progressively be rolled out to all buses in the Transit Systems fleet.

The buses will be operated out of Transit Systems Leichhardt Depot on the following routes;

  • Route 431 – Glebe Point to City (Martin Place)
  • Route 433 – Balmain to Railway Square
  • Route 447 – Lilyfield to Leichhardt Marketplace (loop service)
  • Route 470 – Lilyfield to City (Martin Place)
Electric Buses line up at Leichhardt Depot – Australasian Bus and Coach

Featured Bus Route – June 2019

This is our 250th Post – Thank you to all of our loyal readers who have stuck with us for all these years. 

For June 2019 our featured bus route will be Route 197 between Macquarie University and Mona Vale via Gordon, St Ives and Terry Hills. Route 197 is operated by CDC Forest Coach Lines.

A 197 service from Mona Vale arrives at Macquarie University  – Transport NSW Blog Collection

Route 197 has a relatively short history, with operation stretching back to 2008. Despite this, there is a very long and complex history behind how Route 197 came into being.

In April 1949, Route 161 between Narrabeen to Terry Hills commenced. A complex operating history seeing it run by at least 6 different bus companies on a variety of slightly differing routes followed. By March 1979, two routes with the 161 route number were operating – Narrabeen to Elanora Heights and Pymble to Mona Vale, both by Warringah Bus Lines.

From 1990, the two services were renumbered into Route 195 between Pymble to Mona Vale and 196 between Narrabeen and Ingleside, both operated by Shorelink. From 31 August 1991 both services transferred to Forest Coach Lines. 

In a reorganisation of Forest Coach Lines routes on 27 July 1992, Pymble to Mona Vale 195 trips were renumbered 196, with the previous 196 trips from Narrabeen to Elanora Heights absorbed into the new 196 timetable. From 26 October 1998, some peak hour services during University semester extended to Macquarie University. For a short period in 2003, these services were number M196. From 7 June 2004, the service is altered to Gordon to Mona Vale, however Macquarie University services remain unchanged.

As a result of the Ministry of Transport review of Region 14, Macquarie University to Mona Vale services were renumbered as Route 197 from 24 November 2008, whilst Gordon to Mona Vale shortworkings remained Route 196.

Currently, the service operates every 15 minutes towards Macquarie Park in the AM peak and every 20 minutes towards Mona Vale during the afternoon and PM peak. At other times the service runs its full length hourly, with short runnings providing a half hourly service between Austlink and Macquarie Park on weekdays. Services operate between 7am and 10pm on Weekdays, 9am to 8pm on weekends.

An Austlink shortrunning departs Macquarie University – Transport NSW Blog Collection




Photos – Transport Heritage Expo

A couple of weeks ago, over the June Long Weekend, the annual Transport Heritage Expo was on at Sydney’s Central Station. Whilst we went able to be there for most of the event, we were able to get some last minute pictures to share with you all on Monday afternoon just before the event wrapped up.

Loco 6029 ‘The Garratt” at Central Station prior to a Hurstville Shuttle – Transport NSW Blog Collection
Loco 6029 ‘The Garratt” departing from Central Station on a Hurstville Shuttle – Transport NSW Blog Collection
Loco 3642 at Central Station – Transport NSW Blog Collection
Two buses from the Sydney Bus Museum collection at the Central Coach Terminal – Transport NSW Blog Collection
Hong Kong KMB Decker at Central Station – Transport NSW Blog Collection


Station Stories – Bondi Junction

Signage celebrating 40 years of the Eastern Suburbs Railway at Bondi Junction – Transport NSW Blog Collection

40 years ago today, Bondi Junction station was one of the many stations along the Eastern Suburbs Rail Line that celebrated its grand opening. 23 June 1979 was the day that finally saw a rail line to the Eastern Suburbs open after nearly a century of planning.


Premier Neville Wran at the offical opening of the Eastern Suburbs Railway on 23 June 1979 – ABC (via Supplied)

The Eastern Suburbs Rail Line had been in planning since 1890 and a line to the Eastern Suburbs was included in the Bradfield plans of the 1920s. Provisions were made in the city circle stations to allow for a construction of a line to the Eastern Suburbs.

Construction on the Eastern Suburbs Rail Line began on and off in the 1940s. Construction of the line proper began under the Askin government in the late 1960s and construction of Bondi Junction Station itself began in the early 1970s. The construction of the line proved highly contentious, particularly due to the extended period the lien took to construct and the compulsory acquisitions and demolitions throughout Woolloomooloo. Two different construction techniques were used in the building of Bondi Junction station. The platform area was constructed using tunnelling, whilst the concourse level was built using open excavation in a cut and cover technique.

There was also an open air bus interchange constructed above the station, as part of a then new approach to integrated transport. Customers could buy a Rail-Bus Link ticket which would allow them to catch the train to the Bondi Junction interchange and interchange for a bus into suburbs not serviced by the train line between Coogee and Watsons Bay. This was the first attempt at integrated transport ticketing in Sydney.

The station, which was the most technologically advanced in Australia at the time of opening,  included a number of firsts for the Sydney rail network. It was the first to include automatic ticket vending machines and automatic turnstile barriers to enter the station. It was also the first station to be equipped with escalators instead of stairs as the primary method of accessing the platforms. It also included a tri-level bank displaying station names, so you could see what station you were at from anywhere on the train.

In 2000, Bondi Junction Station underwent a major upgrade. This upgrade included lifts between the Bus Interchange and the concourse and between the concourse and the platform.  There was the construction of a brand new enclosed bus interchange and shopping plaza. The entire station was remodelled to allow for better passenger flow, and new signage and paneling was installed.

New crossover installed in 2006 capacity upgrades – NSW Government

Between late 2004 and early 2006, Bondi Junction station was closed for major track upgrades as part of the Rail Clearways program. This work included the construction of the new diamond junction crossover on the city side of the station, which allowed trains to arrive and depart from either of the two platforms. There was also the construction of a new turn back facility at the beach end of the station. This increased the capacity of trains able to be turned at Bondi Junction to 20 per hour from 14 prior to the upgrades.

Today Bondi Junction station is served by Sydney Trains T4 Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra Line services to/from Cronulla, Hurstville and Waterfall as well as NSW TrainLink South Coast services to/from Dapto, Kiama, Port Kembla and Wollongong.




Photos – Melbourne and Perth

Recently, Transport NSW Blog visited Melbourne and Perth. We always get requests to see more photos on the blog and requests to see content from cities outside of NSW. Today we will be featuring our favourite photos from that we took in these two cities.

Buses and Trams in Melbourne

Transdev Melbourne Scania K230UB Volgren Malaysia “CR228L” 8904 arriving at Lonsdale Street terminus in Melbourne CBD on a Route 907 from Mitcham – Transport NSW Blog Collection
SkyBus Melbourne Bustech CDi 114 departing Southern Cross Terminal for the Airport – Transport NSW Blog Collection
W Class Tram 957 on Historic City Circle Route 35 – Transport NSW Blog Collection
E Class Tram with “Made in Melbourne for Melbourne” decals on Route 86 – Transport NSW Blog Collection
Transdev Melbourne Scania K280UB Gemilang 116 laying over at Queen Street terminus in Melbourne CBD after a Route 220 from Sunshine – Transport NSW Blog Collection

Buses in Perth

Transdev Transperth Volvo B8RLE Volgren Optimus TP2666 on a Red CAT Route 2 service in East Perth – Transport NSW Blog Collection
Path Transit Transperth Volvo B7RLE Volgren Optimus TP2386 on an Airport Route 40 service arriving at Perth Airport Terminal 3 – Transport NSW Blog Collection
Path Transit Transperth Volvo B7RLE Volgren Optimus TP2762 running through East Perth on a Route 960 service to Mirrabooka – Transport NSW Blog Collection

Big Transport Spend in 2019 State Budget

The NSW State Budget was handed down today and transport was once again one of the big winners in what otherwise was a relatively unfair and cuts driven budget.

$9.6 Billion for new Metro lines, including $6.4B for Sydney Metro West, $1.2B for Sydney Metro City and Southwest and $2B for Sydney Metro Western Sydney Airport – Transport NSW Blog Collection
$1.6 Billion for additional bus services across the state including over 14 000 extra bus services each week – Transport NSW Blog Collection
Over 400 additional weekly ferry services and wharf upgrades at Taronga Zoo, South Mosman, North Sydney and Manly ferry wharves – Transport NSW Blog Collection

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Service Changes from 30 June 2019

From 30 June, there will be changes to bus services in Newcastle and Sydney’s western, north-western and eastern suburbs. These include over 400 new services across Sydney, as well as severe cuts to services and associated timetable changes in Newcastle.

More buses, more often.  Timetable changes delivering over 400 more services are coming to Routes 313, 343, 501, 533 and 869 in Sydney – Transport NSW Blog Collection

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Featured Bus Route – May 2019

This month our featured bus route is Route 610X between Rouse Hill and City – QVB via Castle Hill and the M2 Motorway. It is operated by CDC Hillsbus.

A 610X service preparing to depart Castle Hill station interchange – Transport NSW Blog Collection

The Bosnjak family, then owners of Westbus, announced that from 29 April 1996 they would operate a new weekday service between Castle Hill and the CBD. This service was designated the 610 and operated from Castle Hill shops off peak and Tuckwell Road in peak hours and operated express via Victoria Road to City – Wynyard. Upon the opening of the M2 Motorway on 28 May 1997, the service was rerouted via the new motorway and the city terminus was altered to Railway Square. From 22 June 1998 weekend services were introduced. Later, on 20 March 2000, peak hour services were extended to Knightsbridge.

From 28 August 2000, a new variation of Route 610 was introduced, sharing the same route between Railway Square and Castle Hill, before deviating to Kellyville. In mid 2004, the operator change from Westbus to Hillsbus, and in 2005, ownership transfer from the Bosnjak family to Comfort Delgro Cabcharge (CDC).

On March 11 2007, Kellyville services were extended to Rouse Hill (Adelphi Street) as part of wider rolling changes due to the staged opening of the North West T-Way. From 16 April 2007 a number of services were rerouted through the Cross City Tunnel and renumbered 610X. Later, upon the service was extended to Rouse Hill Town Centre upon its opening on 25 September 2007. As part of the implementation of the Ministry of Transport review of Region 4, all Knightsbridge services were rebranded as route 652X.

Between 20 December 2010 and 25 May 2019, short workings between the CBD and Castle Hill were renumbered M61 as part of the Metrobus network of high capacity turn up and go services. During this time, 610X continued to operate in its full length between the CBD and Rouse Hill only. On 4 October 2015, the CBD terminus for the 610X was changed from Railway Square to City – QVB in conjunction with works for the CBD and South East light rail project.

Today, a large majority of 610x trips operate as short workings between City – QVB and Castle Hill Station, with selected peak hour and late night services extending to Rouse Hill. The service operates at a variable frequency ranging from every 5 to 20 minutes across the day. All night services operate on Friday and Saturday nights, with services operating between 5am and 1am on other days.

This service is one of a number across Sydney to be operated by Double Decker buses.