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Route 980 Caringbah South 'Turn Up and Go' bus trial

About the bus trial

The 'Turn Up and Go' Route 980 is a high frequency bus service trial which began on Monday 18 November 2019 to learn more about encouraging people to use public transport for the first and last mile of their journey. Please note the trial will end on Friday 18 December 2020. See below for ‘what happens next’.

Route 980 trial services currently operate every 10 minutes during weekday peak periods along Port Hacking Road, conveniently picking up customers at existing bus stops marked with the Route 980 signs between Lilli Pilli and Caringbah Station.

The Route 980 arrives and departs from Caringbah Station at the Hay Ave Shops bus stop, located around the corner from the station opposite the Australia Post Office.

The same conditions of travel as regular bus services apply.

The Route 980 trial operates alongside the existing Route 977, and together provide a convenient set of options for customers who would normally drive to Caringbah station. You can plan your journey using the Trip Planner or on the Opal Travel app.

See the route map and timetable

Hours of operation

Monday to Friday
6am - 9am Lilli Pilli Point to Caringbah Station
4pm - 8.30pm Caringbah Station to Lilli Pilli Point

Services will not operate on weekends or on public holidays. The trial will end on Friday 18 December 2020.


Fares will be the same as an Opal bus fare.

Opal benefits apply, such as travel rewards including receiving a $2 discount when you transfer to a train service as part of one journey within 60 minutes from the last tap off.

You can pay using an Opal card, credit and debit card and linked smart devices, and need to tap on and off this service.


The vehicles used for this trial are not accessible and are not equipped with child restraints.

If you have limited mobility, a wheelchair or are travelling with a pram and/or children under the age of 7, then you can travel on the regular route 977 service.

Most of the 977 services are accessible and operate from the same bus stops.

What did we learn from the trial?

The trial has demonstrated that more people will choose public transport if there are more regular bus services across the day that provide timely connections with train services at Caringbah station, however the capacity of the smaller Route 980 buses was a limitation.

In addition the Hay Ave Shops bus stop at Caringbah Station has proven to be popular during the trial, providing customers with the option of catching multiple bus routes along Port Hacking Road. It is intended for the Hay Ave Shops bus stop to become the primary stop for all customers travelling from Caringbah station via Port Hacking Road to Lilli Pilli.

Thank you to our bus operator Transdev Link and also to community organisation ShireBiz for your support during the trial.

What happens next?

The Route 980 bus trial will end on Friday 18 December, prior to the Christmas/New Year holiday period. The Route 977 will continue throughout this period, with improved services to commence in mid-January 2021.

From mid-January 2021, improvements to the Route 977 will boost current total weekly capacity by around 30 per cent or almost 3,000 additional seats, including more off-peak services so there is more flexibility and choice around when you travel.

The Route 977 from Lilli Pilli to Miranda currently services key destinations including Caringbah Station, Sutherland and Kareena Private Hospitals and Westfield Miranda.

The new Route 977 services will offer frequent services with a bus: every 15 minutes during morning and afternoon peak periods; every 30 minutes outside of weekday peak times and on Saturdays; every 60 minutes on Sundays; and with extended service hours on weekdays and weekends.