Group to press on with bus petition

On board: Mount Druitt Transport Improvement Group members hope to get 11,000 signatures in favour of a free Mount Druitt shuttle bus. It will be tabled in State Parliament. Picture: Helen Nezdropa
On board: Mount Druitt Transport Improvement Group members hope to get 11,000 signatures in favour of a free Mount Druitt shuttle bus. It will be tabled in State Parliament. Picture: Helen Nezdropa

TRANSPORT advocates are more determined than ever on the journey towards a free Mount Druitt shuttle bus, despite the latest road block.

The state government will axe seven out of 12 free shuttle buses across Sydney due to low patronage, including those in Penrith and Blacktown.

The Penrith service had 0.7 commuters per kilometre while Blacktown had 2.2, Transport for NSW figures show.

Nine of the 12 services were implemented by the former Labor government within the last three months before being voted out of office.

Buses for the axed services will be reassigned to other routes in their areas.

Mount Druitt Transport Commuters Group secretary John Svoboda continues to collect signatures — currently standing at 1900 — in favour of the shuttle bus.

Mr Svoboda was shocked at the government's decision to axe the services, despite the low patronage.

"It's a temporary setback," he said. "We won't get it in the near future but we will keep fighting.

"People have shown interest in our petition."

He insisted a Mount Druitt service would work if authorities learned from previous lessons.

"I don't think the axed services were well promoted in the community, which is why they weren't patronised," he said.

"A lot of people didn't know about them. If the word got around in the area, people would have used those services."

Mr Svoboda believed a Mount Druitt shuttle would be popular.

"It would create more jobs and make it easier for people's lifestyles.

"Even if we started off with a mini bus, it would get the ball rolling."

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