Kings Cross Train Services - Question Without Notice

(2:15pm 10 May 2012, Parliamnet House Sydney)

Ms CLOVER MOORE: My question is directed to the Minister for Transport. As the recent police car pursuit in Darlinghurst Road which tragically ended in a shooting again highlighted the problem of thousands of young people in Kings Cross on the weekends, can the Minister extend train services throughout the night and remove legislative barriers that prevent private operators running late-night shuttle buses so these young people have transport when they need to get home?

Ms GLADYS BEREJIKLIAN: I thank the member for her question. To the extent that it covers responsibility in my portfolio, I am pleased to advise the member that the State Government has increased the number of Night Rider bus services available once regular train services stop. We are certainly looking at further extension of those services; and I was really pleased to make that announcement in October last year. From reports that I have received, that program is going very well. In further response to the member's question, we are looking at options to move people more quickly from that part of Sydney to other parts of Sydney. This Government cares about extending front-line services, especially late at night, and that is why we were pleased before the election to make commitments in relation to Night Rider bus services from the Sydney central business district, especially to south-west, north-west and western Sydney. Many commuters who now benefit from those services previously did not.

Again I put on record that Transport for NSW is considering other options related to movement of commuters during those times. This is, of course, in stark contrast to what happened under the former Labor Government. We know that it took hundreds of rail services and hundreds of bus services off the network. We understand and appreciate that especially young people who work and go out socially in the central business district need that transport home. That is why we will continue to work with the City of Sydney in relation to these matters. In fact, I understand our respective officers have had a number of conversations in this regard and those conversations will continue. I acknowledge the contribution that the City of Sydney made to our long-term Transport Master Plan, which looks at these issues in the medium and longer term as well.