Jun 6

Media release: Bus drivers skeptical of Minister’s new bus services claim

6 June 2018: Bus drivers are skeptical about the Transport Minister’s claim today that NSW will get 2000 new bus services in the upcoming state budget, saying the claim doesn’t take into account all the services that have been cut recently and fails to consider the severe shortage of bus drivers in the state. RTBU Tram […] Read More »

Jun 5

Transport Heritage Expo – June long weekend

The award-winning Transport Heritage Expo is back on the 9th – 11th of June at Central Station, Sydney. The expo brings Sydney’s transport history to life with heritage train and bus rides, train displays, live music and much more. Bring the family along and enjoy the trip back in memory lane. Details at www.transportheritageexpo.com Read More »

May 30

Second Newcastle Debate in Parliament

Novocastrians travelled to Sydney last Thursday to pack out NSW Parliament again for the second heated debate about Newcastle’s disastrous bus privatisation. A petition opposing the timetable changes implemented by Keolis Downer gathered enough signatures to trigger not one, but two debates in State Parliament. Both debates highlighted the myriad of problems privatisation has caused in […] Read More »

May 25

Newcastle Herald: Labor says Keolis Downer contract encourages shorter bus routes in Newcastle

Charlestown MP Jodie Harrison has accused the state government of encouraging Keolis Downer to “chop up” Newcastle’s bus network by offering it per-passenger incentive payments. The company said in March that its passenger numbers were up 4.9 per cent in January, a year-on-year rise from 304,330 to 319,360.  Read more of the Newcastle Herald story.  Read More »

May 24

The Australian: Premier’s team short by $600m on light rail costs

In The Australian by Andrew Clennell  Gladys Berejiklian’s then department was informed in mid-2014 that the cost of ripping up and ­moving powerlines in George Street for the Sydney light rail project was as high as $700 million — but factored in just $100m when the now NSW Premier ­announced months later that the project […] Read More »

May 24

SMH: Second firm takes legal action over Sydney’s ‘disastrous’ light rail

The disaster that is Sydney’s light rail project demonstrates Andrew Constance’s complete incompetence and recklessness. Not only is the project (a single light rail line down one street) billions over budget it is running years overdue, inconveniencing hundreds of thousands of Sydneysiders every day. Now, another company is suing the NSW Government. This story comes […] Read More »

May 23

Sydney buses: One-in-10 services regularly late in some suburbs

Sydney’s commuters are suffering because of poor timetabling and under resourcing by this NSW Government. RTBU NSW Bus & Tram Division President, Dave Woollams said, “Minister Constance’s greedy privatisation scheme is only going to make Sydney’s bus congestion worse. We’ve already seen the plans to slash Inner-West bus stops when Transit Systems begins on July 1 this year, and there’s […] Read More »

May 23

Gladys Berejik­lian sets 18-month deadline to fix congestion woes

This story comes from a Government who are already running far behind schedule and soaring over budget on every project that they get their hands on. Chris Preston, RTBU NSW Bus & Tram Division Secretary said, “This is just an attempt to convince voters that the NSW Liberal Government is doing something about our shocking congestion here in Sydney. But […] Read More »

May 17

Daily Telegraph: Acciona’s track record of bitter legal stoushes

What a disaster. Once again, Constance hasn’t done his homework. We cannot trust this NSW Government to do a single thing right. Read the story below or the full article by Annabel Hennessy here.  The Daily Telegraph can reveal Acciona’s bitter legal stoush with Transport NSW over the ­behind-schedule light rail is far from the first contractual spat the […] Read More »

May 17

AFR: Light rail problems ‘no surprise’

In the AFR by Jenny Wiggins An underbidder for the disastrous Sydney light rail project says it was obvious the biggest risk to the project was moving utilities. ‘‘We all knew the biggest risk was the utilities,’’ Inaki Mendizabal, the director overseeing the Asia Pacific for CAF. An underbidder for the disastrous Sydney light rail project […] Read More »