Scot MacDonald
12th Jan 2018

Bus customers across the Lower Hunter region will benefit from 125 additional weekly services across eight different routes from 15 January and 30 January.

“The new weekly services will provide customers with more travel options on weekdays and weekends, including more services in the evening and the extension of routes to cover growing residential areas,” said Scot MacDonald, Liberal Upper House MP and Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter.

From 15 January, changes include:

  • 21 additional weekly services on routes 164 and 166 from Cessnock and Kurri Kurri to Maitland

From 30 January, the following services will see additional trips:

  • 20 additional weekly services on route 130 between Fingal Bay and Newcastle
  • 34 additional weekly services on route 179 between North Rothbury and Rutherford
  • 50 additional weekly services across routes 262, 269, 270 and 275.

 “In addition to extra weekly services being introduced on 14 January, some services on route 164 and most services on route 166 will be extended to provide access to the Stockland Green Hills retail centre,” said Mr MacDonald.

“From 30 January, more weekly services will be added to route 179 between North Rothbury and Rutherford with the route altered to incorporate the growing residential area of Huntlee.

“The additional services on route 130 will mean later evening trips for customers on weekdays and weekends between Fingal Bay and Newcastle, as well as more weekend trips between Port Stephens and Newcastle, including to Newcastle airport.”

Customers are advised to prepare for the changes by planning their trip at

The new services follow one of the biggest uplifts in public transport services ever, with almost 7,000 additional weekly bus services added to the timetable in late November 2017.

This brings the number of new weekly bus services provided by the NSW Government since March 2011 to over 24,000.