Newcastle private transport operator Keolis Downer has released timetables for its new bus routes starting this month.
The French-Australian joint venture’s new Hunter general manager, Mark Dunlop, encouraged commuters to check their timetables and start planning their new trips before the network begins on Sunday, January 14.
“Most bus routes have been revised and new routes have been added, so I encourage customers to be prepared,” he said.
“We are working hard to ensure customers are well informed of the changes.”
On Tuesday, Newcastle Transport’s online trip planner was showing the new double-digit bus routes and timetables from January 14 onwards.
It also showed ferries running every 15 minutes from 7am to 7pm between Queens Wharf and Stockton.
Keolis said its customer service operators would be on buses and ferries over the next two weeks to answer questions. Customers could also pick up printed timetables from the Newcastle Transport shopfront in the Hunter Street Mall.
Keolis said the new network, which was announced in late November, included more than 1000 extra services. The network features four “key routes”, with buses every 15 minutes, linking Charlestown, Glendale, Wallsend and Jesmond to the Newcastle CBD.