NSW Government's "bus budget" to increase Fingal Bay to Newcastle service

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: More buses will begin running between Fingal Bay and Newcastle. Picture: istock
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: More buses will begin running between Fingal Bay and Newcastle. Picture: istock

More buses will run between Fingal Bay and Newcastle, coming as part of the NSW Government’s “bus budget” announced this week.

The Fingal Bay to Newcastle bus route, taking in Nelson Bay and Anna Bay, will have “100 additional weekly services” added to the public transport timetable.

The route, known as Route 130, is one of seven in the Hunter that has received the service boost.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s announced on Tuesday, June 13 that more than 170 new buses will be bought in the state’s $1.5 billion bus budget, which would bring “additional and improved weekly services to the Hunter”.

“I am excited to confirm this massive budget boost will not only replace 134 of our ageing bus fleet, it will add 42 additional buses and deliver 3300 more services a week across NSW,” Ms Berejiklian said. 

Scot MacDonald MLC, the parliamentary secretary for the Hunter, welcomed the news.

“This announcement provides our residents better access to buses, through more frequent and flexible services,” he said.

The additional buses and services forms part of the state government’s 2017/18 Growth Services program.

Other bus routes that will have additional weekly services added include:

  • Route 166 Cessnock and Kurri Kurri to Stockland Green Hills via Maitland
  • Route 179 North Rothbury to Stockland Green Hills via Maitland
  • Route 262 Cameron Park to Charlestown via Cardiff
  • Route 269 Toronto to Charlestown  
  • Route 270 Toronto West to Wallsend via Stockland Glendale
  • Route 275 Morisset to Toronto via Wangi Wangi