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Transport - Busways

Busways provides scheduled route and school bus services to communities in the Port Macquarie region. The bus network covers the Hastings region including Wauchope and Laurieton. These services take passengers to and from work, school, shopping centres, beaches and many other locations.

For the latest information on Bus Route changes and updates please refer to the Busways website.  School and community bus timetables routes by suburb and downloadable PDF timetables are also available online in addition to route network maps.

Rural Bus Stops

Bus routes are determined by the bus provider, Busways, in conjunction with Transport for NSW. Council works with Busways and Transport for NSW in determining where the buses will stop. Council is responsible for providing the physical bus stop, including bus zones, bus bays, signs, shelters and seats.

The guidelines for rural bus stops have been adopted by Port Macquarie-Hastings Council to assist with the location, design and operation of school bus stops and bus routes.

The guidelines for rural bus stops will assist with the location, design and operation of school bus stops and bus routes. Port Macquarie-Hastings Council would like to make all rural bus stops as safe as possible. This means all existing bus routes and bus stops as well as all new requests for bus stops will be assessed by Council under the requirements of the guidelines.

As a result of the assessment process some bus stops in rural areas may be removed or changed, and some may be replaced by combined bus stops.

Procedure for New Rural Bus Stops

Council is responsible for the approval of rural bus routes and bus stops. This includes:
  • assessment by the Local Traffic Committee of all bus routes and bus stops in the Port Macquarie-Hastings Local Government Area
  • notification of the outcome of the assessment to the applicant
Bus operators are responsible for:
  • obtaining approval for all rural school bus routes and bus stops from Council
  • only using approved bus routes and bus stops (the use of non approved bus routes and stops may result in breach of their contract with Transport for NSW)
Parent and guardians are responsible for:
  • ensuring that their children get to and from the bus stop safely
  • the supervision of their child prior to boarding and directly after disembarking the bus
  • familiarising themselves with the bus stop to ensure they understand where their child should and should not walk, wait, board and disembark from the bus
Transport for NSW is responsible for:
  • funding and management of the school bus system
  • contracting bus operators to provide a service after receiving documentary evidence by the operator that the route/stops have been approved by Council

Procedure for applying for a new bus stop:

  • Approach the local school bus operator who services your area and ask them where your family can access a rural bus stop
  • The bus operator will advise you where the closest bus stop is located. If a bus stop is not located near your property then the operator may decide to apply for approval for a new stop
  • The Bus operators must lodge a formal application to Council requesting a new rural bus stop
  • The request is referred to the Local Traffic Committee who will assess the proposed new bus stop using the “Guidelines for Rural Bus Stops”. The bus stop will only be approved if it meets all of the requirements of the guidelines.
  • The bus operator will be notified of the outcome of the assessment
  • If a new bus stop is approved by Council then the bus operator will apply to Transport for NSW for inclusion on the route.
  • The bus operator will notify you of the outcome.
  • If approved the bus operator will advise you of the commencement date
  • If unapproved, you will have to utilise an existing bus stop.  

This page was last updated on: 05 October 2018