Driving appears a better option than catching a bus in the Wallsend area, according to Sonia Hornery, State Member for Wallsend.

Keolis Downer commenced a new and updated timetable on Sunday, promising that the problems of the past would be resolved. “Not so,” said M Hornery. “It is business as usual and already we have received dozens of complaints about missed connections, buses not showing up and school children being late for school.”

Ms Sonia Hornery has called on the State Government to step in and solve the issues that continue to plague the Newcastle bus network.

“We are just five days into the new timetables and route changes and nothing appears to have improved.

“Keolis Downer undertook what they called consultation but it seems that they haven’t listened to commuters in the Wallsend electorate.

“More than 30 services per week have been cut to Wallsend and our roads are more congested than ever.

“Commuters have completely abandoned the idea of using public transport given the unreliable nature of the services.

“Instead of delivering a world class transport system, the Government and Keolis Downer have changed the habits of hundreds of local residents who have now opted to get back in their vehicles and drive,” said Ms Hornery.