Jo Haylen, Member for Summer Hill, has today announced that if elected on Saturday 23 March, a Daley Labor Government would increase services on the 413 bus route.
Residents have taken to calling the bus the “Phantom 413” because it is so often late, cancelled or full on arrival.
The 413 bus route is the only direct form of public transport for many inner west communities, including Ashbury, yet is within the top ten buses to attract the most complaints across the network.
Hundreds of residents have signed petitions calling on the Government to improve services.
NSW Labor has committed to fixing the timetable, restoring stops and increasing services to increase reliability on the 413 route.
In 2018, the NSW Liberal Government privatised Region 6 buses across the inner west, removing stops and reducing services.
NSW Labor has committed to restoring any inner west services lost through privatisation, stopping any future bus privatisations and ensuring that State Transit is in a position to successfully tender to again run the services at the expiration of the Liberal Government’s contracts.
Quotes attributable to Jo Haylen, Member for Summer Hill
“Countless residents from Ashbury and across the inner west have told me stories about the phantom 413 bus.
“Kids miss school because their bus is late and seniors are being left stranded by services that never turn up.
“I’m proud that Labor will fix the 413 so that Ashbury residents will be able to rely on their local bus rather than just having to just hope that it will eventually arrive and that there will be a seat.”
“I know how important affordable, reliable and accessible public transport is and just how much Ashbury residents depend on the 413 bus.
“Only Labor will make the investments in public transport we need to keep get our city moving.”