Inner West Bus Services to be Privatised

Restore Inner West Line calls on the State Government to commit to improving public transport across Sydney and opposes the reduction of train and bus services in the Inner West.

Buses are to be privatised in the Inner West. Photo: The Daily Telegraph

MORE than 200 bus routes, the entire inner west fleet, will be sold off in the biggest bus privatisation in inner Sydney.

Inner west bus services stretching from Kensington west to Lidcombe and as far south as Bexley.

The government would still control fares and timetables under the privatisation.

Opposition Leader Luke Foley said last night: “My fear is that this is a prelude to a wholesale privatisation of Sydney’s transport network. This is a government that knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.”

Labor transport spokeswoman Jodi McKay said the Opposition feared the latest plans were merely a prelude to a wholesale sell-off of Sydney’s transport network.

“This is a government that is rapidly getting out of the business of running public services. Buses should be run for the public benefit, not for private profit,” she said.

A spokesman for the Rail, Tram and Bus Union said the union was “not ruling anything out in regard to taking industrial action”.

Source: The Daily Telegraph and The Sydney Morning Herald