Feb 18

Commuters forced to pay for inferior service as fare free zone lifted & Commuters reminded to respect drivers  

On Monday February 18, the RTBU spoke to the media in Newcastle to remind customers to take out their frustrations with the Government’s removal of the fare free zone on the Transport Minister, not drivers. This NSW Government have run Newcastle transport to the ground and it’s commuters who are having to pay the price […] Read More »

Feb 14

Media release: Bus drivers welcome commitment to bring back Bronte buses; end bus privatisation

Media release, 14 Feb 2019: Bus drivers have today welcomed a commitment from the Labor Party to end bus privatisation in the state and to bring back the 378 bus – the direct service from Bronte to the city. The 378 service was axed in late 2017 by the current Liberal Government – a move which […] Read More »

Feb 8

Media Release: Newcastle commuters continue to suffer from bungled transport projects

Transport workers are slamming the NSW Government over a revelation that Newcastle’s new trams will be running only every 10-15 minutes from day one, instead of every 7 and a half minutes as promised.   The Rail Tram and Bus Union’s Tram and Bus Division Secretary, David Babineau, said “It is absolutely disgraceful that workers […] Read More »

Jan 29

Bus tragedy in Kingsgrove

Our thoughts go out to everyone impacted by the bus tragedy in Kingsgrove overnight, particularly the family of the two men whose lives were cut short. While investigations are still ongoing, it is alleged that the driver of the bus caused a crash on Monday night that took the lives of two scooter riders. This […] Read More »

Jan 29

RTBU Media Release: Transport workers question unaccounted $84 million

Today transport workers are asking the NSW Government to explain exactly why there has been an additional $84 million of taxpayer money awarded to a private company for their transport network, as reported in the Newcastle Herald today.   The Rail Tram and Bus Union’s Tram and Bus Division Secretary, David Babineau, said that this […] Read More »

Dec 29

Horrific bus driver attack a reminder to respect drivers

Media release, 29 December 2019: A recent incident in Sydney which saw a bus driver attacked with an unidentified chemical spray is a stark reminder of the need for the public to respect bus drivers. The driver was attacked because the intending passenger refused to accept the bus was too crowded to get on. NSW […] Read More »

Dec 13

RTBU Tram & Bus Media Release: Auditor General report shows Government can’t be trusted to plan for Newcastle

Auditor General report shows Government can’t be trusted to plan for Newcastle   An Auditor General report has revealed that the NSW government decided to spend hundreds of millions in tax payer money on a Newcastle tram without a business case and without consulting the community.   The Rail Tram and Bus Union’s Tram and Bus […] Read More »

Dec 11

RTBU welcomes Labor’s commitment to review Newcastle buses

The RTBU NSW Tram and Bus Division welcomes Labor’s commitment announced today, to audit the Newcastle bus network and work towards returning buses back to Beaumont street, if elected in March. Bus privatisation in Newcastle has been an absolute disaster not just for commuters but also for local businesses in Newcastle who have suffered a […] Read More »

Dec 7

Taxpayer money wasted on empty buses to nowhere

Media release: The NSW Government’s on-demand bus trials are costing taxpayers around $150 per person, per trip to run and are merely a poorly designed opportunity for private operators to extract more money from the travelling public, the RTBU says. Data in the Sydney Morning Herald on Friday outlines how dismal a failure many of the on-demand services […] Read More »

Nov 30

Newcastle commuters left waiting as bus privatisation experiment fails

Media release, 30 Nov 2018: Newcastle’s bus privatisation experiment has been a dismal failure, with a new report revealing that one in 11 buses in the area turn up late. The NSW auditor-general’s public transport report shows that Newcastle is one of only 12 “outer Sydney” areas that has failed to meet a punctuality target […] Read More »