Clr Saville has given notice to Council seeking support for public transport
That, in support of public transport:
a) Willoughby City Council states that strongly supports affordable, safe, adequately
resourced and funded public transport systems as essential for a sustainable city.
b) that on behalf of WCC, the Mayor, and GM approach the NSW Premier (in writing and
meeting with), to urge that the government continues to support, resource and fund
public transport systems in Sydney. Copies of WCC correspondence sent to the
Premier be forwarded to Minister for Transport, Leader of the Opposition, Shooters,
Fishers and farmers, Christian Democrats and the Greens.
c) that WCC urges the government to support and adopt the recommendations by State
Transit to improve the performances of bus services
The Berejiklian government has been embroiled in an industrial dispute with Rail, Tram and Bus Union since May when plans were announced to privatise bus routes in Sydney’s inner west, one of four regions operated by State Transit. North shore bus services also risk privatisation. Safe, affordable public transport, including buses and properly resourced and funded public transport systems are essential for a sustainable cities
In many instances buses scheduled running times no longer reflect actual running times.
This has resulted in frustrating customer experiences and misleading reports that State
Transit is able to control and therefore improve service reliability (SMH 31.8.3027)
The NSW government should support and fund Sydney buses to improve their on-time
running (On Time Running Service Reviews 2016-2017)
Many residents across Willoughby rely on public transport systems for work, shopping, sport, social activities etc and expect the government to continue supporting these essential services.
GENERAL MANAGER’S COMMENTS
Point (a) is addressed below in regards to Council’s strategy and actions relating to public
transport. When necessary these matters are brought to the attention of the Premier and/or relevant Ministers (as requested in point (b) of the Notice of Motion).
Willoughby City Council’s support of public transport is clearly expressed in the Willoughby City Strategy 2013 – 2029, where the goal under the heading “Transport and Mobility” states:
“To manage the transport needs of the Community in a sustainable manner by reducing car dependence and promoting public transport use, walking and cycling.”
In promoting increased use of public transport, section 4.2.1 provides details of actions that Council supports. These being (inter alia):
a Promote active and public transport
b Improve integration between transport modes
c Improve local accessibility and transport options between suburbs
d Work with Government and the private sector for improved local and regional public
In addition to providing the Willoughby Community transport options, the above actions are also aimed at reducing Greenhouse Emissions.
Initiatives to encourage proper resourcing of safe, affordable, improved and convenient
public transport is supported as it will further enhance the effectiveness of Council’s resolve to properly manage parking within the Willoughby Local Government Area under Council’s Street Parking Strategy.
Council staff are in regular contact with the State Government’s traffic and transport
agencies through the Local Traffic Committee, which is a forum where public transport
initiatives are discussed with the Roads and Maritime Services, Sydney Buses.
More recently, Willoughby Council has been playing a positive role in working with State
Government Agencies in the implementation of the Sydney Metro Project, given its
significance in the enhancement of Sydney’s public transport network.
In regard to point (c), the recommendations by State Transit to improve the performance of bus services have not been released publicly although a copy of the report has been
obtained. The report obtained by Council appears to focus on the performance of four subregions only, being the Northern Beaches, Inner West, the Eastern Suburbs and Sydney Suburbs none of which directly impact the Willoughby Local Government Area.
The report identifies that the northern Sydney depots actually demonstrated strong performance in regards to on-time running. The recommendations are primarily focussed on timetable service reviews in those four sub-regions. Council’s influence in these areas and the timetable specifically would be limited.