Newcastle bus timetable changes to be debated in state parliament: Labor

Labor MPs say they have enough signatures on a petition to spark a parliamentary debate on Newcastle bus changes.
Labor MPs say they have enough signatures on a petition to spark a parliamentary debate on Newcastle bus changes.

A PETITION opposing timetable changes on the Newcastle bus network has enough signatures to trigger a debate in state parliament, Hunter Labor MPs say.

The MPs said they had collected 10,000 signatures – enough to start a parliamentary debate – after launching the petition in the wake of the January changes on the privatised Keolis Downer bus network.

The petition follows a public meeting held at Belmont last month that attracted 1000 angry commuters.

Another meeting is scheduled to be held at Gregson Park, Hamilton, on March 18 at 10.30am.

The Newcastle Herald reported on Thursday Labor MPs were standing by their claim that the state government was misleading the public when it claims to have added more than 1000 routes to the Newcastle bus system.

Swansea MP Yasmin Catley said the solid turnout at the meeting and the petition were evidence that commuters were “worse off” under the changes, while Charlestown’s Jodie Harrison said the shake-up had “impacted people from all walks of life” in her electorate. 

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