Randwick Councillor Philipa Veitch: Give a voice to the concerns West Ward residents and businesses have about flagged changes to Kingsford and Kensington bus routes when CSELR light rail starts – 16th Sept. 2019

UPDATE: 19th September 2019

Councillor Veitch’s motion was successful at the 16th of September 2019 Randwick City Council meeting with amendments  to extend the requested consultation to all bus services in the Council area.

302 Bus Route in West Kingsford and West Kensington

Councillor Philipa Veitch wants to give a voice to locals worried about how the 302 and 303 bus routes will change after the CSELR light rail starts.

RESOLUTION: That Council:

  1. Convene a public meeting and invite the local traffic committee to allow local residents and business owners to raise any concerns regarding proposed changes to bus routes in the South Eastern Suburbs and the LGA; and
  2. Request that the Minister for Transport, Andrew Constance:
    1. Consult with Council and residents regarding proposed changes to bus routes in the South Eastern Suburbs;
    2. Convene a meeting with RCC, residents and business owners to discuss concerns regarding:

  • Proposed bus route changes;
  • Changes to the 302/303 route, that disadvantage residents in West Kingsford and West Kensington;
  • Increase in distance between stops North/South along Anzac Pde and East/West along Todman and Barker;
  • Additional bus routes in the Randwick LGA;
  • Accessibility issues raised by the above

Greens Councillor Philipa Veitch has a motion going to tomorrow (17th September) night’s Randwick City Council meeting on proposals for changes to the 302 and 303 bus routes that may disadvantage residents in West Kingsford and West Kensington as a result of the CBD to South East Light Rail (CSELR) project

If successful her motion will set up a special meeting of the Randwick Traffic Committee to allow south eastern suburb residents and businesses to voice concerns they may have about the bus route changes.

In the same motion NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance will also be lobbied to set up consultation meetings.

Councillor Veitch writes:

“Outside of the CBD the proposed CSELR project will operate through the South Eastern
suburbs where buses are currently the primary public transport mode. This corridor is within
Transport for NSW’s Metropolitan Bus System Contract (MBSC) Region 9 which is the most
heavily patronized bus region in the Sydney metropolitan area.”

Volume 2 of the CSELR Environmental Impact Statement Technical Papers 1 and 2 listed 39 bus routes that would be subject to review, with major changes proposed to 17 of these routes. The technical paper noted that the majority of existing All-stop CBD bus services which operatealong Alison Road and Anzac Parade in duplication of the CSELR are proposed to no longer operate to the CBD but change to become feeder routes for the light rail.

Councillor Veitch states that the community is expecting consultation from the State Government. She writes:

“No further updates of the proposed changes have been provided since November 2013, while
on 9 September 2019 the SMH reported that more details would be provided just one month
before the CBD – Randwick line of the CSELR is due to commence in December 2019. The
community is expecting that the State Government will consult with council, residents and
commuters prior to announcing details of proposed bus route changes.”

Randwick City Council Motion from Councillor Veitch – “CSELR bus route changes”

That Council:

  1. Request that the traffic committee convene a special meeting to allow local residents and
    business owners to raise any concerns regarding proposed changes to bus routes in the
    South eastern Suburbs.
  2. Request that the Minister for Transport, Andrew Constance:
  1. Consult with council and residents regarding proposed changes to bus routes in the
    South eastern Suburbs;
  2. Convene a meeting with RCC, residents and business owners to discuss concerns
    regarding:
  • Proposed bus route changes;
  • Changes to the 302 / 303 route, that disadvantage residents in west Kingsford and west Kensington;
  • Increase in distance between stops North/South along Anzac Pde, and East/West along Todman and Barker;
  • Accessibility issues raised by the above.

 

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