I am pleased to announce that key learnings from the Route 980 ‘Turn Up and Go’ bus trial operating from Lilli Pilli to Caringbah will soon benefit more customers with improvements to the bus network planned from mid-January 2021.

Transport for NSW will conclude the Route 980 bus trial on 18 December. The trial has been running since November 2019 to encourage more people to catch public transport.

It is evident from the trial, and from constituent feedback, that more people will choose public transport if there are more regular bus services across the day that provide timely connections with train services at Caringbah station.

The trial also highlighted that the use of smaller buses restricted commuter capacity. With the use of the larger buses, more customers will benefit in the long run.

Weekly capacity will be boosted by around 30% or almost 3,000 additional seats for customers. Customers have more flexibility and choice around when they travel with more off-peak services being scheduled.

More than 115 extra weekly services will be added to the equivalent Route 977 from mid-January 2021:

 every 15 minutes in the AM and PM peak (currently every 30-60 minutes)

 every 30 minutes in weekday off-peak periods and on Saturdays (currently up to 90 minutes)

 every 60 minutes on Sundays (currently every 120-150 minutes)

 extended service hours during evenings on both weekdays and weekends.