Clover Moore MP Lord Mayor and Member for Sydney has welcomed the Minister for Transport’s approval of a permanent late night bus service between Kings Cross and the City.
“This is a good outcome for the Kings Cross precinct, with about 300 people using the bus to leave Kings Cross each weekend. The Minister says that service will be reviewed annually, and I expect that a regular service will attract more passengers over time.
The service has operated every 20 minutes bus between 1.00am and 5.00am on Friday and Saturday nights. Buses pick up from the El Alamein Fountain, Bayswater Road and William Street and drop off at Town Hall. The Kings Cross Licensing Accord has provided funds for a security guard to ensure safety.
“Kings Cross is a 24 hour entertainment zone, with large numbers of tourists and visitors, and people need to be able to get home after normal hours,” Ms Moore said.
“Police consistently reported large numbers of people stranded in this precinct late at night, with crime, violence and anti-social behaviour impacts.
“Local residents get left with noise, violence and anti-social behaviour when visitors cannot get out of the area.
“I’ve been pushing the Government to provide late night transport since the issue was raised at Kings Cross Police Accountability meetings, and the Minister for Transport agreed to a trial after I took a delegation to meet him in October 2007.
The trial followed a successful pilot run by the Kings Cross Licensing Accord, City of Sydney and Police.
“I hope that this service, together with secure taxi ranks, late night trading Development Control Plan and increased resources for compliance will improve safety and amenity, ” Ms Moore concluded.
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