Hunter New England Health rejects call for John Hunter Hospital shuttle bus return

Hunter New England Health has poured cold water on a renewed call for the shuttle bus between John Hunter Hospital and the car park at McDonald Jones Stadium to be reinstated.

Chief executive Michael DiRienzo said the money saved since the service stopped in 2015 had been “redirected to nursing, medical and allied health services”.

It comes after Wallsend MP Sonia Hornery said the shuttle bus should be reinstated, after a report that it would ferry passengers to the John Hunter campus for the Hunter Medical Research Institute open day.

“The community would like to see the shuttle reinstated on a permanent basis to ease traffic gridlock and allow staff, patients and visitors to be delivered right to the hospital’s front door,” she said.

But Mr DiRienzo said the open day was expected to attract thousands of people.

“The shuttle bus … was introduced to ease car parking pressure before an additional 700 car parking spaces were provided at the hospital in 2015,” he said. “The additional car parks have eased parking pressures at the campus.”