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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 16

Newcastle debate in Parliament, tomorrow. Join us

On Thursday, State Parliament will be debating the disastrous new Newcastle bus timetable, again. All bus drivers and supporters are invited to join us at NSW Parliament at 4pm on Thursday 17 May to hear first-hand what privatisation has done to Newcastle’s bus system. A petition opposing the timetable changes implemented by the Keolis Downer […] Read More »

May 10

Newcastle transport interchange builders in $2.5m bill dispute forced to count the cost of each bolt

Every single project of Constance’s gets blundered. This Minister is totally incapable of being trusted with tax payer money. It’s well past the time for a new Minister, and it’s the public who are suffering. Constance has to go! Read the Newcastle Herald article below. THE builder of Newcastle’s $200 million transport interchange and one of its […] Read More »

Apr 30

Newcastle May Day rally photos

Thank you to everyone who came along and marched with us over the weekend at the Newcastle May Day rally. Chris Preston, RTBU NSW Bus & Tram Division Secretary said “This year’s annual May Day rallies are not to be missed. Rain, hail or shine. As a workforce we need to stand up and fight back […] Read More »

Apr 20

Newcastle Herald: Keolis Downer announces new direct bus connections in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie timetable shake-up

Newcastle Herald, Nick Bielby  Direct connections between eastern Lake Macquarie and two of the region’s major shopping and business hubs are among the changes Newcastle’s bus operator will introduce in July. The Newcastle Herald can reveal that Keolis Downer will amend its new timetable – which has been the subject of public outcry in recent months – in response to community feedback. Cardiff […] Read More »

Apr 20

Media Release: Finally. New Newcastle bus timetable long overdue

Any new bus timetable in Newcastle must be drafted in consultation with the community and drivers, the RTBU said today.   Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) Tram and Bus Division President, Dave Woollams, said that news today that Keolis Downer will change its problem-ridden timetable is very welcomed, albeit it long overdue.   However, […] Read More »

Apr 12

Absurd rant from Andrew Constance on Newcastle buses

In an absurd rant in today’s Newcastle Herald, Andrew Constance claims to have ‘rescued’ the Newcastle bus and transport system (by flogging it off) and ‘rescued the city too.’ Newcastle bus drivers and commuters know that Constance is off his rocker with these delusional claims. If the Newcastle bus privatisation has been such a success […] Read More »

May 9

Great turnout at May Day marches in Sydney and Newcastle!

The RTBU Tram and Bus Division had a strong turnout at the May Day marches in both Sydney and Newcastle over the weekend. Divisional Secretary Chris Preston and President David Woollams joined members to stand up for workers’ rights and conditions at the Sydney March.   All up, around 100 RTBU members across all divisions attended and we had a great time […] Read More »

Aug 31

Submissions close for Newcastle transport tender

Submissions from private providers to operate the Newcastle Integrated Services closed on the 30th of August. The preferred bidder to operate the ten year contract will be announced by the State Government by the 31st of October. The new operator will control all bus, ferry and future light rail services in Newcastle. Read More »