|A 333 'bendy' bus|
Yesterday I attended a 60th birthday party held at the home of a friend in Bondi not far from Bondi Beach. There were about fifty guests at the party; most of whom would have travelled by public transport as parking in the area, especially on a summer's weekend, would have been scarce.
The party commenced around midday and there were still about eight guests enjoying themselves when I made my departure at around 8.30pm. I walked up the hill to the bus stop on Bondi Road at the cross junction with Denham Street where I was surprised to see three other party guests who had left the party an hour before me waiting for a bus amongst a group of many others. Four buses (Routes 333 and 380) had passed them by not collecting passengers from the stop. All the buses were full of passengers who boarded presumably from the starting point around Bondi Beach. Another three full buses passed by in the next half hour after which the four of us caught a taxi to the Bondi Junction bus and train interchange where there were other bus and train options.
From that experience it is clear that effectively no bus service was available to intending passengers the full length of Bondi Road, say three kilometres, for at least 90 minutes but in all likelihood for much longer.
Gladys Berejiklian (Minister for Transport) if your staff is monitoring the internet for mentions then please note. These buses may well have been travelling on time and their capacity passenger numbers may suggest popularity but all those uncollected passengers along the length of Bondi Road mean one thing. At certain key times your Government is providing no bus service where a demand exists.
There was a time when Denham Street had a bus terminus of its own allowing a support service within the Beach to Junction corridor. Ms Berejiklian please resume that intermediate service.