Yasmin Catley, Member for Swansea, said she is not surprised by new data from the NRMA showing Newcastle’s public transport network has been rated in the bottom five in NSW.

The NRMA’s latest Rate Your Road survey gave Newcastle’s public transport network just 47 points out of 100.

 “Since December 2017, I have been working hard with the community to have our essential bus services restored but it’s clear the Berejiklian Government aren’t listening,” said Ms Catley

“When the NSW Government privatised our public transport network, we were promised a ‘world class’ transport system, but they’ve failed to make that a reality.

“Swansea buses have been among the worst in the Newcastle area and in 2018 we saw the 310, 317, 349, 350 and 351 cut from the network.

“It’s absolutely unacceptable that kids are taking two hours to get to school, and people with disabilities are unable to get to work on the bus from Swansea.”

“Clearly the people of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie have a different idea of what ‘world class’ means.

“Keolis Downer and Transport Minister Constance need to come clean about their ‘world class’ system and work with the people of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie to deliver services that work for our community ,” Ms Catley said.

The bottom five rated areas (out of 100) were Hawkesbury (35), Botany Bay (43), Wollondilly (44), Camden (45) and Newcastle (47).