The New South Wales government plans to use double-decker passenger vehicles once again in Sydney to replace bendy buses, according to Transport Minister Andrew Constance.
The plan will not immediately take effect, as the state government intends to phase out bendy buses over time. Otherwise called bendies, the vehicles became the norm for carrying passengers in the 1980s, which was the last time that double-deckers roamed Sydney’s roads.
The state government announced a $101 million spending plan for more than 170 new buses, including 134 units that will replace old buses and 42 units as additional vehicles. It seeks to use funding from the planned budget for the purchase.
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said that the new buses will help in meeting demand for public transportation. In fact, people use buses not just for work, as some of them even use or hire a bus in Sydney for leisure and entertainment, wherein providers like Concord Coaches take part. For this reason, the addition of new vehicles will improve accessibility and frequency of trips in the city.
Not all people, however, seem thrilled with the idea of replacing bendies. The current fleet of buses takes less time to load and unload compared to double-deckers, according to Chris Preston, secretary of the Rail, Tram & Bus Union's bus division.
Preston also cited obstructive elements such overhanging trees, which can affect the mobility of double-decker buses. The stance remains that replacing bendies with higher buses will free up road space to improve road traffic, according to Constance. The minister refused to disclose a specific date for the replacement of bendies.
The plan to replace the type of passenger buses in Sydney has its pros and cons. If it were up to you, would you say that the ongoing plan would do more good than bad?