Double Decker Enhancement to Route 611 - Blacktown to Macquarie Park

High capacity buses are already catering for current and future growth in customer demands across four bus routes, thanks to the Bus Priority Infrastructure Program (BPIP). Roads and Maritime Services, Transport for NSW and relevant local councils worked together to identify and trim the trees at locations along the route prior to beginning to run double deck buses on state and local roads.

Route 611 - Blacktown to Macquarie Park
Route 611 - Blacktown to Macquarie Park

Targeted minor works and tree trimmings, delivered by BPIP, supported the introduction of double deck buses on routes Blacktown to Macquarie Park (611). This work has provided additional weekly capacity for 6,000 customers on this service without creating additional vehicle movements.

  • We have improved passenger capacity with double decker buses which are able to accommodate up to 110 passengers customers per trip - compared to the average of 60 customers on a normal single deck bus. The additional capacity has improved services during peak hours.
  • Double deck buses are 12.5 meters in length and require less kerb space than artic buses (18.5 meters) or rigid buses (14.5 metres). Catering to the whole community, double decker buses are wheelchair accessible, allowing easy access to a wider variety of customers.

Please note local councils are responsible for the provision of any shelters, seats, rubbish bins and footpaths.

Project background

The NSW Government has fully funded the Bus Priority Infrastructure Program. The program aims to improve the reliability of bus services on Sydney’s main bus corridors.

The changes were part of the NSW Government’s plan to move people safely, efficiently and reliably around Greater Sydney, as outlined in the Future Transport Strategy 2056. BPIP introduces measures to support reduced travel time for bus services to make them more reliable by prioritising public transport on key corridors. For more information about the plan, please visit Future Transport 2056.

In June 2017, Roads and Maritime, its service provider, DM Roads and bus operator, CDC, completed the assessment of the unique section of the bus route 611 and identified around 580 hazards rated from critical and low risk.

The majority of the critical hazards required tree trimming works and some power pole and traffic sign modifications.

These changes have been developed by Transport for NSW and Roads and Maritime, in consultation with Sydney Buses.

Key outcomes of the proposal

  • Making travel times more reliable for customers
  • Contributing to the NSW Government’s target of 95 per cent on-time running of bus services.

The approved changes are effective June 2018.

What happens next?

Changes have been implemented. Please visit the route timetable to plan your next trip.

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