Bus Stop Removal Opposition: Bayside

Bayside Council has called on Transport for New South Wales to reconsider a proposal to remove four bus stops from Rocky Point Road, Sans Souci and Ramsgate.

Bayside Mayor Joe Awada said “Council supports improvements to public transport service, but not when it leaves users stranded, particularly the elderly.

“However, I am not convinced these proposed changes are in the best interests of our community after receiving numerous representations from our residents,” he said.

The bus stop changes on Rocky Point Road before Endeavour Street would include:

  • removal of the northbound bus stop ID 221924 as there are alternative bus stops within 210m and 220m. Replace with ‘No Stopping’
  • upgrading adjacent bus stops ID 221923 and 2221925 to be Disability Discrimination Act compliant.

The bus stop changes on Rocky Point Road at Newcombe Street and its opposite side would include:

  • removal of the northbound bus stop ID 221929 near Newbombe Street as there are alternative bus stops within 230m and 120m. Replace with ‘No Stopping’
  • upgrading adjacent bus stops ID 221928 and 221930 to be Disability Discrimination Act compliant
  • removal of the southbound bus stop ID 221978 between Sandringham Street and Bonanza Parade as there are alternative bus stops within 160m and 190m. Replace with ‘No Stopping’
  • upgrading adjacent bus stops ID 221913 and 221979 to be Disability Discrimination Act compliant.

Mayor Awada said residents were concerned that the removal of the four stops create longer distances between bus stops which will be a problem for the elderly who use the service.

Councillor Ed McDougall, speaking at the ordinary meeting of Council on Wednesday said buses are the only form of transport for some people, particularly the elderly who no longer drive.

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