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Rally to fix Newcastle buses

Mar 19, 2018News

Over the weekend we rallied in Newcastle to say enough is enough, demanding that Minister Constance fix Newcastle buses after he recklessly sold them off.

Novocastrians have had their bus network sent into chaos since the private operator has cut routes, removed bus stops and reduced services. We’ve said this all along, this is what happens when you privatise public transport. Read the news coverage below.

    

Newcastle Herald

WHEN Michael Markey and his wife Elizabeth retired from Sydney, they chose their home based on its proximity to a bus stop that would take them to both Charlestown Square and Westfield Kotara.

“My wife is 82, can only walk for about 10 minutes at a time and she’s lost her independence in a way, which is such a shame,”  said Mr Markey, 77.

“I have a car at the moment, but I won’t all the time.

“The next bus stop is at the bottom of the hill at Westfield and that would take us 30 minutes to walk to if I pushed her.”

Mr Markey was among hundreds who attended a Labor rally at Gregson Park on Sunday where the city’s MPs and Shadow Minister for Transport Jodi McKay demanded an independent review into the bus network changes.

Some commuters told the Herald they now faced cuts to services, longer journey times and reduced operating hours.

Newcastle MP Tim Crakanthorp estimated the “peaceful protest with plenty of passion” ​drew a crowd of more than 600, which he said grew to 1000 as it marched to the bus depot.

Read the full article in the Newcastle Herald here.

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