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Electric buses coming to the Lower North Shore and Northern Beaches

Sydney’s Lower North Shore and Northern Beaches will soon benefit from a new fleet of electric buses and permanent On-Demand services, after Keolis Downer was appointed the new operator of local bus services. 

Keolis Downer will be ordering electric buses to replace their older diesel buses as they are retired from the fleet, with more than 100 new zero-emission buses to be introduced to the area over the next eight years.

As part of the new deal, the trial On-Demand service between Palm Beach and North Narrabeen will be made permanent. Around 540 customers use this service each day to connect to major public transport hubs and routes like the B-Line.

Keolis Downer will start running services for customers around the end of October and will be responsible for delivering around 24,000 services each week, including the 24-hour B-Line and all day express services between Dee Why and Chatswood via Frenchs Forest.

Keolis Downer will also trial new innovative technology to deliver a better customer experience, including a system which provides drivers with feedback in real-time, to help them manage regular frequency of bus services.

Transport for NSW will work closely with Keolis Downer on any improvements that can be made to the network in the coming years, including continuing to regulate all routes, timetables and fares, as well as retain ownership and control of the existing depots and buses.