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Service adjustments for the Northern Beaches and Lower North Shore

Updated Friday 26 February

From Monday 1 March 2021, a number of bus service adjustments across the Northern Beaches and North Shore are being introduced in response to customer feedback. The service adjustments include three reinstated school bus routes, new and extended bus services, and articulated buses added to some existing routes to increase capacity.

In December 2020, an extra 2,000 weekly bus services were introduced on the Northern Beaches and North Shore. These changes were based on Opal data which told us where and when these services would benefit the most customers.

These new changes are being introduced based on additional feedback from customers on changes to the new bus network, to help make journeys easier for school students and customers.

The changes include bus service adjustments such as reinstating school bus routes 766n and 767n from Avalon, and the 689n from Mona Vale to Balgowlah Boys High School, as well as introduction of a new morning school route 707n trip from North Balgowlah to Milsons Point. Some existing trips will also be operated by higher capacity articulated - or 'bendy' buses- which will provide greater capacity for travel during the busiest part of the morning peak period.

Route Changes
Route 637n The existing 7.34am trip departing Beacon Hill will be operated by an articulated – or ‘bendy’ – bus. Changing to the larger bus type will provide greater capacity for school students.
Route 689n Route 689n from Mona Vale and Balgowlah Boys High School will be reinstated. This trip will depart Mona Vale at 7.09am. This means students can catch route 689n direct to the school.
Route 707n A new morning route 707n trip will operate from North Balgowlah to Milsons Point. This new trip will depart North Balgowlah shops (Woodbine Street) at 7.10am. This means students can now catch a school service direct to Milsons Point. The new morning service corresponds with the existing afternoon peak 707n from Milsons Point to North Balgowlah.
Route 723n One existing 723n morning trip peak trip will be extended to start from Balgowlah Shops at 8.15am. This trip will operate as a route 162 service via Balgowlah Heights. On arrival at Seaforth shops, it will continue as a route 723n service to Oxford Falls. This means students travelling towards Oxford Falls can remain on the same bus.
Route 766n Route 766n from Avalon to Dee Why will be reinstated. This trip will depart Avalon at 6.42am. On arrival at Dee Why, it will continue as a route 154X service to Milsons Point. This means students travelling towards Milsons Point can remain on the same bus.
Route 767n Route 767n from Avalon to Dee Why will be reinstated. This trip will depart Avalon at 6.45am. On arrival at Dee Why, it will continue as a route 154X service to Milsons Point. This means students travelling towards Milsons Point can remain on the same bus.
Route 150X The existing 7.31am trip departing Manly will be operated by an articulated – or ‘bendy’ – bus. Changing to the larger bus type will provide greater capacity for school students and other customers.
Route 154X To accommodate other service adjustments, the existing 7.04am trip departing Dee Why to Milsons Point will no longer operate. Alternative services depart Dee Why at 6.58 and 7.09am.
Route 162 To accommodate other service adjustments, the existing 8.17am trip departing Balgowlah Shops to Seaforth will now depart two minutes earlier at 8.15am. This trip will also operate via Maretimo Street and Sydney Road instead of Ethel Street. Customers travelling towards the City can transfer from route 162 to frequent route 170X and 173X services at Sydney Road and Coral Street.
Route 172X

An additional trip will depart North Balgowlah shops (Woodbine Street) at 7.36am and operate to St Luke’s, Dee Why.
To accommodate other service adjustments, the existing 7.22am trip departing Seaforth shops to Wynyard will no longer operate. Alternative services depart Seaforth shops at 7.18am and 7.24am.
The 7.10am serice will run 2 mins earlier at 7.08am from Balgowlah/Condamine.
The existing 7.15am trip departing Wynyard serving St Luke's at Dee Why will be operated by an articulated – or ‘bendy’ – bus. Changing to the larger bus type will provide greater capacity for school students and other customers.

Route 173X The existing 7.25am trip departing Wynyard will be extended to St Luke’s, Dee Why. This trip extension means students in Balgowlah and Manly Vale can catch a 173X service direct to the school.
Route 182 An additional trip will depart Mater Maria at 3.26pm and operate to Elanora Heights and Narrabeen.
Route 199 The existing 7.40am trip departing Narrabeen to St Paul’s, Manly will be operated by an articulated – or ‘bendy’ – bus. Changing to the larger bus type will provide greater capacity for school students and other customers.

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