Shadow Minister for Transport Jodi McKay MP has today joined Mayor of Ryde Jerome Laxale, Councillor Penny Pedersen and Labor Candidate for Lane Cove - Andrew Zbik to announce that a Labor government will deliver a new public bus service for Ryde linking East Ryde, Boronia Park, Top Ryde and North Ryde station.
The announcement comes as City of Ryde Council unanimously passed a motion in February 2018 calling on the state government to consider the bus route.
The new service will provide a public transport option for commuters to access key transport hubs such as North Ryde Station and community centres such as Top Ryde City and Library, whilst also reducing the number of cars on congested roads.
Ms McKay also met with members of the City of Ryde Youth Council to discuss the transport and congestion issues facing Ryde.
The Youth Council is an initiative of City of Ryde Council and allows young people a voice on issues such as transport. In addition to discussing the need for a new bus service in Ryde the Youth Council also discussed issues relating to concession Opal cards.
Ms McKay stated that the new service will begin to rectify this situation by providing a new public transport option for all residents.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Transport Minister Jodi McKay
“The NSW Opposition has listened to the needs of the community and will commit to delivering this much needed service for the commuters of Ryde”.
“It is not enough to simply encourage public transport use, but we must also provide the public transport services that community is crying out for”.
Quotes attributable to Labor Candidate for Lane Cove - Andrew Zbik
"Public transport is about providing a service for everyone, at all ages, at all times of the day. Not just the morning or afternoon peak."
"This service will make a big difference to many local residents."
Quotes attributable to Mayor of Ryde, Jerome Laxale
“The Liberals are the experts in delivering over development without the infrastructure to match. Our roads are congested, our schools are over-crowded and our buses are full”.
“With thousands of new residents moving into State Government priority precincts in Ryde, new bus routes are essential. Only a Labor Government will deliver this much needed new route for Ryde”.
Quotes attributable to Councillor Penny Pedersen
“I have collected hundreds of signatures from the community who want to be able to leave their car at home when they travel to work or go to the shops”
“This new bus service will connect commuters to public transport, students to the library and pensioners to local shops and businesses”