About the Bus sell-off
In late October 2019, the NSW Government announced its plans to privatise Sydney’s remaining public bus services.
The regions 7, 8 and 9 cover the Northern Beaches, Eastern Suburbs and Ryde/Willoughby areas and are responsible for more than half of all bus trips made in the state.
The announcement means Sydney bus commuter’s local bus services are at risk.
Recent bus privatisation in Sydney’s inner-west and Newcastle hasn’t worked. On-time running is down, routes have been cut, stops have closed, and workers’ conditions have plummeted.
In Region 6, on-time running has plummeted since the service was privatised. Since taking over, the private company has failed to meet its on-time running KPIs every month.
Cuts to local bus services aren’t just an inconvenience – they’re a serious risk. In Newcastle we’ve seen kids left by the side of the road; the less-able in the community forced to change buses multiple times to get to appointments, or stop using public transport altogether.
We can’t afford to let the rest of Sydney’s buses go down the same disastrous path as the inner-west and Newcastle.
Not only does the privatisation announcement put local services at risk, but it’s also a complete betrayal of workers and the NSW community. The NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, unequivocally stated before the last election that her government would not be undertaking further privatisation. That’s proven to be a lie.
Private operators put profits before people. To make money they’ll slash services, close bus stops and cut back on maintenance. We’ve seen it in Newcastle and in the inner-west and we’ll undoubtedly see throughout Sydney unless the NSW Government reverses its current plans.
If passengers think our buses can be unreliable now – just wait until the private sector gets its hands on them.