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Northern Beaches and Lower North Shore bus service improvements

From the 20 December more than 2,000 additional weekly bus services will be added in Sydney’s Northern Beaches and Lower North Shore.

New services include overnight B-Line services operating between Mona Vale and the Sydney CBD for the first time, and buses operating every 10 minutes on key routes as part of the creation of an all-day frequent network operating throughout the day, seven days a week.

The new frequent routes operating every 10 minutes across the day, seven days a week are:

  • Route 100 - Mosman to City
  • Route 144 - Manly to Chatswood via St Leonards
  • Route 160X - Dee Why to Chatswood
  • Route 199 - Palm Beach to Manly via Mona Vale and Dee Why

New B-Line overnight services will be introduced, operating every 30 minutes seven days a week between Mona Vale and the CBD between midnight and 4am. This means the B-Line will now be running 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Overnight services will also operate between Avalon and Manly seven days a week as part of the new network.

There will also be changes to some bus routes and timetables, designed to support the new all-day frequent network. To help reduce duplication on the network, some routes are being replaced by new routes or extra services on other routes.

An outline of these changes are shown below.

Northern Beaches bus network map (effective December 2020) (pdf 1.3MB)

Route Changes
Route BN1
  • Additional new services
  • New overnight services, seven days a week, extending to/from QVB
  • 30 minute frequency between midnight and 4am
Route 100
  • New route
  • New all day frequent route operating between Taronga Zoo and QVB
  • Operates from early morning until around midnight, seven days a week
  • Operates at least every 10 minutes across the day (early morning and late night at least every 20 mins)
  • Services towards Taronga Zoo will pick up customers on Clarence St in the City
  • Replaces existing route 244, 245, 247 and 430 between Mosman and City

 

Route 111
  • New route
  • Operates between Chowder Bay and South Mosman Wharf
  • Operates every 30 mins, seven days
  • Replaces routes 236 and 244
  • Transfer to route 100 at Mosman Junction for travel to the City
Route 114
  • New route
  • Operates every 20 mins, seven days (10 mins during peak hours) between Balmoral Beach and RNS Hospital
  • Replaces route 245 and 257. Also replaces route 144 services to the main entrance of RNS Hospital.
  • Transfer to route 100 or B1 at Spit Junction or Neutral Bay Junction for travel to the City
  • Transfer to route 144 at Spit Junction or Neutral Bay Junction for travel to Chatswood
  • Transfer to route 343 at Crows Nest for travel to Willoughby

 

Route 132
  • Route withdrawn
  • Replaced by route 162 between Seaforth and Manly
  • Replaced by route 172X between Warringah Mall and Seaforth

 

Route 135
  • Route withdrawn
  • Replaced by route 161 between Manly and North Head

 

Route 136
  • Route withdrawn
  • Replaced by route 166 between Manly and Frenchs Forest, and by new route 160X between Frenchs Forest and Chatswood
  • Customers travelling between Frenchs Forest and Chatswood can transfer to frequent route 160X or routes 279, 280, 281, 282, 283, 284 at Frenchs Forest for travel to Chatswood
  • Services to Smith St, High St and Victoria Ave in Chatswood will be provided by routes 281, 282 and 283

 

Route 139
  • Route renumbered
  • Route 139 will be renumbered to route 167

 

Route 142
  • Minor timetable changes
  • Service frequency increased to 60 mins during evenings

 

Route 143
  • Route withdrawn
  • Replaced by additional services on route 144

 

Route 144
  • Additional services
  • Route 144 will be upgraded to operate as an all-day frequent route
  • Operates at least every 10 minutes across the day (early morning and late night at least every 15-20 mins)
  • Route 144 will operate via Pacific Highway direct at St Leonards
  • Access to RNS Hospital main entrance provided by new route 114

 

Route 144N
  • New overnight route
  • New route operates between North Sydney and Manly
  • Operates 7 nights a week

 

Route 146
  • Route withdrawn
  • Replaced by route 179 between Wheeler Heights and Warringah Mall
  • Customers travelling to or from Manly can use route 179 and transfer to route 199 at Dee Why

 

Route 150X
  • Adjustment to stopping pattern
  • Additional stops will be introduced between Seaforth and Spit Junction

 

Route 151
  • Route withdrawn
  • Replaced with additional overnight services on route BN1, 144N and 199

 

Route 154X
  • Route change
  • Route path changed to operate between Dee Why and Milsons Point (currently from Mona Vale)
  • Customers between Mona Vale and Dee Why travelling to or from North Sydney can use routes B1 or 199 and transfer to route 154X at Dee Why

 

Route 155
  • Route change
  • Minor change to route at Frenchs Forest, improving access to Forestway shops

 

Route 156
  • Route change
  • Minor change to route at Mona Vale
  • Services departing Mona Vale will operate via Barrenjoey Road and Darley Street

 

Route 158
  • Route withdrawn
  • Alternative services provided on routes 179 and 180 from Parkes Rd or Fisher Rd North

 

Route 159
  • Route withdrawn
  • Replaced by route 177 between Dee Why and Warringah Mall
  • Customers travelling to or from Manly can use new route 177 and transfer to route 199 at Brookvale

 

Route 160X
  • Route change and additional services
  • Route changed to operate between Dee Why and Chatswood via Frenchs Forest, and no longer operates between Mona Vale and Dee Why
  • Operates limited stops between Dee Why and Chatswood
  • Route upgraded to operate as a frequent route, seven days a week
  • Operates at least every 10 minutes across the day (early morning and late night at least every 20 mins)
  • For customers between Mona Vale and Dee Why, alternative options include using routes 199 or B1 from Mona Vale to Dee Why and transfer to route 160X

 

Route 161
  • New route
  • Operates from Manly to North Head
  • Replaces route 135 between Manly and North Head

 

Route 162
  • New route
  • Operates from Seaforth to Manly via Balgowlah Heights
  • Replaces route 132 between Seaforth and Manly
  • Customers travelling from Balgowlah Heights or Clontarf to or from Warringah Mall can use new route 162 and transfer to route 172X at Seaforth shops, or route 173X at Balgowlah shops

 

Route 166
  • New route
  • Operates from Frenchs Forest to Manly via Dee Why
  • Replaces route 136 between Frenchs Forest and Manly
  • Service frequency adjusted to 20 minutes during off-peak and weekends
  • Minor route change in Manly for services towards Manly Wharf; all services will operate via Carlton Street and Pittwater Road in both directions

 

Route 166X
  • Route withdrawn
  • Route replaced by new route 174X
  • Additional services will operate during morning and afternoon peak hours

 

Route 167
  • New route
  • Route 139 will be renumbered to route 167
  • Service frequency increased to 20 minutes, seven days a week
  • Minor route change in Manly for services towards Manly Wharf; all services will operate via Carlton Street and Pittwater Road in both directions

 

Route 168
  • Route withdrawn
  • Replaced by new route 172X in North Balgowlah
  • Customers travelling to or from North Sydney can use route 172X and transfer to routes 150X, 154X at Spit Junction or 150X, 154X, 228, 229 or 230 at Neutral Bay (Watson St)

 

Route 168X
  • Route withdrawn
  • Replaced by new route 172X in North Balgowlah
  • Customers travelling to or from the city can use route 172X

 

Route 169
  • Route withdrawn
  • Replaced by routes:
    • 160X and 193 between Narraweena and Frenchs Forest
    • 199 between Dee Why and Manly
    • 141 between Frenchs Forest and Seaforth
    • 172X between Seaforth and the City
    • 174X between Narraweena and Allambie Rd

 

Route 169X
  • Route withdrawn
  • Replaced by routes:
    • 160X and 193 between Narraweena and Frenchs Forest
    • 199 between Dee Why and Manly
    • 141 between Frenchs Forest and Seaforth
    • 172X between Seaforth and the City
    • 174X between Narraweena and Allambie Rd
  • Customers in Narraweena and Beacon Hill can use new route 174X
  • Customers in Seaforth can use new route 172X

 

Route 170
  • Route withdrawn
  • Route 170 weekend services will be withdrawn, and replaced by additional services on route 144
  • Customers can use F1 ferry to Circular Quay, or route 144 to Spit Junction and transfer to route B1 for travel to the City

 

Route 171X
  • Route withdrawn
  • Replaced by route 162 between Manly and Seaforth
  • Transfer to route 172X on Manly Rd for travel to the City

 

Route 172X
  • New route
  • Operates between Warringah Mall and City Wynyard via North Balgowlah and Seaforth
  • Operates seven days a week

 

Route 173
  • Route withdrawn
  • Replaced by routes:
    • 160X and 193 between Narraweena and Frenchs Forest
    • 141 between Frenchs Forest and Seaforth
    • 174X between Narraweena and Allambie Rd
    • 172X between Seaforth and the City
  • Customers in Narraweena and Beacon Hill can use new route 174X and transfer to routes 150X or 154X at Spit Junction, or routes 150X, 154X, 228, 229 or 230 at Neutral Bay (Watson Street) at Dee Why
  • Customers in Seaforth can use new routes 172X and transfer to routes 150X, 154X at Spit Junction, or routes 150X, 154X, 228, 229 or 230 at Neutral Bay (Watson Street) at Dee Why

 

Route 173X
  • New route
  • Operates from Warringah Mall to City Wynyard via Balgowlah shops
  • Operates seven days a week
  • Replaces route 175X

 

Route 174X
  • New route
  • Operates from Narraweena to City Wynyard via Allambie Heights
  • Replaces route 166X

 

Route 175X
  • Route withdrawn
  • Replaced by new route 173X

 

Route 176X
  • Additional services
  • Additional services will operate during weekday peak hours

 

Route 177
  • New route
  • Operates from Dee Why to Warringah Mall via Wingala
  • Replaces route 159

 

Route 177X
  • Additional services
  • Additional services will operate during weekday peak hours

 

Route 178
  • Route change
  • Route 178 will be changed to operate between Cromer Heights and Warringah Mall (currently to the City)
  • Service frequency increased to 20 minutes seven days a week
  • Customers travelling to or from the city can use route 178 and transfer to route B1 at Dee Why
  • Customers using route 178 between Balgowlah shops and the City can use new route 173X

 

Route 178X
  • Route withdrawn
  • Replaced by 178 between Cromer Heights and Warringah Mall
  • Customers travelling to or from the city can use route 178 and transfer to route B1 at Dee Why

 

Route 179
  • New route
  • Operates between Wheeler Heights and Warringah Mall
  • Replaces route 146 between Wheeler Heights and Warringah Mall
  • Services will operate every 20 minutes during weekday peak hours
  • Services will operate every 30 minutes during off-peak/weekends

 

Route 179X
  • Route withdrawn
  • Replaced by 179 between Wheeler Heights and Warringah Mall
  • Customers travelling to or from the city can use route 179 and transfer to route B1 at Dee Why

 

Route 180
  • Route change
  • Route 180 will be changed to operate between Collaroy Plateau and Warringah Mall (currently to the City)
  • Service frequency increased to 20 minutes seven days a week
  • Customers travelling to or from the city outside of weekday peak hours can use route 180 and transfer to route B1 at Dee Why
  • Customers using route 180 between Balgowlah shops and the City can use new route 173X

 

Route 181X
  • New route
  • Operates between Narrabeen and the City during weekday peak hours

 

Route 182
  • Additional services
  • Service frequency during weekday peak hours will be increased to 10 mins

 

Route 183X
  • Route withdrawn
  • Replaced by additional services on route 182 between Elanora Heights and Narrabeen
  • Customers travelling to or from the city can use route 182 and transfer to routes 181X or B1 at Narrabeen

 

Route 185
  • Route change
  • Route 185 will be changed to operate between Mona Vale and Narrabeen (currently operates to Warringah Mall)
  • Customers travelling to or from Warringah Mall can transfer to routes B1 or 199 at Narrabeen
  • Service frequency increased to 10-20 minutes during weekday peaks and 30 minute off-peak/weekends

 

Route 185X
  • Route withdrawn
  • Replaced by 185 between Mona Vale and Narrabeen
  • Customers travelling to or from the city can use route 185 and transfer to route 181X or B1 at Narrabeen

 

Route 188
  • Route withdrawn
  • Replaced by overnight services on routes BN1, 144N and 199

 

Route 188X
  • Route withdrawn
  • Route 188X trips will be replaced by routes 190X and 199
  • Customers who currently catch a route 188X service between North Avalon and Avalon shops can use route 199 services and transfer to route 190X at Avalon shops

 

Route 189X
  • Route withdrawn
  • Route 189X will be withdrawn and replaced by additional services on route 191 between Bilgola Plateau and Avalon
  • Route 191 service frequency will be increased to every 10 mins during weekday peak hours
  • Customers travelling to or from the city can use route 191 and transfer to route 190X at Avalon

 

Route 190X
  • Route change
  • Route 190X will be changed to operate between Avalon and City and will operate during weekday peak hours only
  • Replaces routes 188X and 189X between Avalon and City
  • Weekday off peak and weekend services between Palm Beach, Mona Vale and the City will no longer operate
  • Customers currently using route 190X during these times can use frequent route 199 and transfer to route B1 at Mona Vale for travel to or from the City

 

Route 199
  • Additional services
  • Route 199 will be upgraded to operate as a new all-day frequent route between Palm Beach and Manly
  • Operates at least every 10 minutes across the day (early morning and late night at least every 15-20 mins)
  • Services between Avalon and Manly will operate 24 hours, seven days

 

Route 227
  • Route withdrawn
  • Alternative services available on route 230

 

Route 236
  • Route withdrawn
  • Replaced by route 111 between South Mosman Wharf and Mosman Junction
  • Customers travelling to or from Spit Junction can use route 111 and transfer to route 100 at Mosman Junction

 

Route 243
  • Route change
  • During weekday morning and afternoon peak hours, route 243 will operate to and from the City
  • During weekday off peak hours and on weekends, route 243 will operate between Spit Junction and Neutral Bay Junction only; during these times customers can transfer to routes B1 or 100 at Neutral Bay
  • Off peak service frequency will be increased to 40 mins

 

Route 244
  • Route withdrawn
  • Replaced by new route 111
  • Customers travelling to or from the city can use route 111 and transfer to frequent route 100 at Mosman, or F6 ferry at South Mosman wharf

 

Route 245
  • Route withdrawn
  • Replaced by new route 114
  • Customers travelling to or from the city can use route 114 and transfer to routes 100 or B1 at Neutral Bay

 

Route 247
  • Route withdrawn
  • Customers travelling to or from the city can use new frequent route 100

 

Route 248
  • Route withdrawn
  • Replaced by route 144 in Seaforth area
  • Customers in the Battle Boulevarde area travelling to the city can use route 144 and transfer to route 172X at Seaforth shops
  • Customers in Seaforth or Spit Road Mosman travelling to or from the city can use route 172X

 

Route 257
  • Route withdrawn
  • Replaced by routes 114 and 115
  • The new 114 travels between Royal North Shore Hospital at St Leonards  and The Esplanade at Balmoral. The 115 travels from Chatswood to the CBD.
Route B1, 142, 150X, 165X, 170X, 176X, 177X, 180X, 182, 191, 192, 201, 228, 229, 230, 246, 249, 263, 279
  • Minor timetable changes
Route 150X, 172X, 180X, 190X Express services
  • The stopping patterns of some express services will be adjusted, to improve customer access to bus services and to support more consistent service frequencies along the main corridor
  • Check detailed timetable and trip planning for details

 

Route L70
  • Route renumbered 
  • Route L70 will be renumbered to route 270X
Route 280
  • Additional services
  • Later evening services will operate on route 280 between Warringah Mall and Chatswood

 

Route 281, 282, 283
  • Route change and additional services
  • Routes 281, 283 and 283 will be changed to operate via Eastern Valley Way, Smith St, High St and Victoria Ave, improving access to destinations along Victoria Avenue Chatswood
  • Routes 281, 282 and 283 will replace route 136 in Smith Street Chatswood
  • Routes 278, 279, 280 and 284 will continue to operate via Boundary St, Archer St, Ashley St and Anderson St

 

Route 430
  • Route change
  • Route 430 will be changed to operate between Sydenham Station and City Martin Place, no longer operating to or from Taronga Zoo
  • New route 100 will replace route 430 services between the city and Taronga Zoo