Coogee to Sydney 373 route preserved after outcry over eastern suburban bus overhaul

The state government has decided to maintain a popular bus route from Sydney’s south – east and slightly change plans for a turnaround of other services following an outcry from local communities.

After receiving more than 8,800 inquiries about its overhaul of eastern suburban public transportation, the government has chosen to keep the popular 373 bus route from Coogee and Randwick to the CBD via Taylor Square, which will run every 10 minutes during the day.

The government's changes to bus connections in the southeastern part of Sydney have met fierce opposition from residents.

The government’s changes to bus connections in the southeastern part of Sydney have met fierce opposition from residents.Credit:James Brickwood

According to plans announced in May, 373 from Coogee to Circular Quay was one of 20 bus routes to be removed, while a further 23 were to be modified and 11 added.

In addition to retaining the 373, the government has also changed its original plans for about a dozen services, many of which involve small changes in the routes the buses will take or the frequency.

For example, Route 303 from Redfern to Sans Souci will now run via Maloney Street, instead of via Florence Avenue and George Street, to maintain a more direct route between Mascot and the University of NSW.

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Timetables for five routes – including 348, 356 and 375 – have also been adjusted to improve school bus capacity and provide more direct service to and from schools.

Transport Minister Rob Stokes said the government also retained express bus routes to and from the CBD with direct access to the city during everyday peak hours. “We will also see an improvement in the frequency of these routes,” he said.

Sir. Stokes said the government had engaged with more than 90 local schools during community consultation because some students took regular route services that had changed.

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