Thousands of local bus services on Sydney’s Lower North Shore and Northern Beaches will be delivered by operator Keolis Downer from this week.
In case you haven’t noticed the change over, there’s a new bus operator in town. 24,000 services each week will run in the Beaches area, including the 24-hour B-Line and all day express services between Dee Why and Chatswood via Frenchs Forest.
Minister for Transport Rob Stokes said customers will benefit from a new fleet of electric buses and permanent On-Demand services.
“Keolis Downer will deliver more than 1.2 million services a year for customers, while generating savings which will be invested into new electric buses,” Mr Stokes said.
“As diesel buses are retired from the fleet Keolis Downer will replace these with electric buses, with more than 100 new zero-emission buses to be introduced to the area over the next eight years.
“The popular Keoride On-Demand service, which operates between Palm Beach and North Narrabeen will be made permanent under the new operators. Around 540 customers use this service each day to connect to bus routes like the B-Line.”
Mark Dunlop, Managing Director of Keolis Downer Northern Beaches, said the operator was proud to be partnering with Transport for NSW to operate bus services in the Northern Beaches and Lower North Shore.
“Over the last four years we had the opportunity to get to know the local community with the successful operation of Keoride On Demand transport and we are thrilled this service is now a permanent and integral part of the bus network,” Mr Dunlop said.
“Some of our bus operators have been driving local bus routes for years. They know the network and are committed to delivering high quality customer service while getting passengers safely to and from their destinations.”
All State Transit bus drivers and maintenance staff have been offered a two-year job guarantee under the new operator. Nearly 900 people have accepted roles to transfer across to Keolis Downer.