Gong Shuttle busier than rest of bus network – Minister

NSW Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance goes through an Opal Card turnstile after a press conference at Central Station in Sydney, Sunday, July 9, 2017. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) NO ARCHIVING
NSW Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance goes through an Opal Card turnstile after a press conference at Central Station in Sydney, Sunday, July 9, 2017. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) NO ARCHIVING

The Gong Shuttle carried more passengers in one month than the rest of the Illawarra bus network put together, Transport Minister Andrew Constance said.

While not specifying the month he was talking about, Mr Constance said in parliament on Thursday that in a month the Gong Shuttle carried 275,000 passengers.

“The rest of the bus region in total had 268,000 passengers,” Mr Constance said.

“So we've got empty buses and a bus service that people can’t get on.”

Mr Constance then reiterated his message to the people of the Illawarra.

“What this government has said is they can make a contribution to running the shuttle just like every other community in the state is paying for their public transport,” he said.

“Labor is looking after their mates in Wollongong.”