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Pressure on government to deliver promise of better uni bus service

Campbelltown MP Greg Warren and Wollongong MP Paul Scully (left) talk with University of Wollongong student, Jack Taylor regarding the 887 bus service.

Campbelltown MP Greg Warren and Wollongong MP Paul Scully (left) talk with University of Wollongong student, Jack Taylor regarding the 887 bus service.

Local students who live in Campbelltown have yet again raised their concerns regarding overcrowding and the lack of hourly services on the 887 service.

There is currently a three hour gap between services from 12:45pm to 3:45pm, with the final service of the day ending three hours later at 6:45pm.

Labor MPs Greg Warren (Campbelltown) and Paul Scully (Wollongong) collected signatures on a petition at the University of Wollongong from students who rely on the 887 bus service.

Despite an announcement in the recent NSW Budget for “enhanced services’’, the two Labor MPs say that the Berejiklian Government has failed to provide details on what the new timetable would look like.

“This lack of detail about the enhanced services deeply concerns students who rely on public transport to get to and from university,’’ they said in a joint media statement.

They have called on the government to release details regarding their plans for these so called enhanced services; however no response has been received to date.

“Students who use the 887 bus service to travel to university are still telling me that they need more services and less crowded services,” says Mr Warren.

“Anything less than this would demonstrate a complete disregard for commuters who use the 887 bus service.

“I will continue to put pressure on the Berejiklian Government and the transport minister until they have finally addressed these issues once and for all.”

Mr Scully said that it was time for the government to tell the long suffering students who currently use the overcrowded 887 bus service from Campbelltown to Wollongong what new services it is introducing.

“Apart from a brief announcement made in the budget in June, five months later we have no further information on what new services will be provided to student commuters on the 887 bus route,’’ he said.

“In the meantime, while this government delays implementation of its budget announcement, students traveling from Campbelltown to Wollongong continue to be jammed into existing bus services.

“It’s simply not good enough, and Greg and I will continue to pressure the minister to finally get this issue resolved once and for all.”

The two Labor MPs with students boarding the 887 Wollongong to Campbelltown bus service last week.

The two Labor MPs with students boarding the 887 Wollongong to Campbelltown bus service last week.

 

 

 

 

 

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