Nearly 70 extra weekly bus services will be rolled out in the region’s suburbs from Monday.
Transport and Infrastructure minister Andrew Constance has announced passengers will also soon benefit from new buses.
From next week, 69 extra services will run in growing areas, including Glendale and Cameron Park.
Thirty of those will run en route 263 from Cameron Park to Charlestown, 34 are for route 267 from West Wallsend to the University of Newcastle, and the other five services will operate on route 268 from Killingworth to Glendale via Edgeworth.
They are among more than 500 extra weekly services that are beginning in the city and Sydney.
By the end of June, two new air-conditioned ‘‘growth’’ buses will be delivered to service routes around Cameron Park, Green Hills and Glendale.
They will also be wheelchair accessible.
Another 23 buses to replace ageing vehicles in the Newcastle fleet will be on their way after July, and run on routes in Belmont, Wallsend, Sandgate and Newcastle.
Mr Constance said the government was providing extra services in those suburbs ‘‘where passengers are voting with their feet, and demand is expected to grow.”
“This is all about giving Newcastle residents more choice to use even better public transport,’’ Mr Constance said.
The buses were funded in the June state budget.
Timetable information can be found at transportnsw.info
SOURCE: Newcastle Herald, 17 April 2015