State Member for Wallsend, Ms Sonia Hornery MP, has called on the Transport Minister, Andrew Constance, to intervene in the chaotic Newcastle Transport Network, after the second bus failed to turn up and pick up students from Callaghan College Wallsend in a week.
Yesterday afternoon the 26 service which is used by many students at Callaghan College Wallsend, failed to show up and pick up passengers and students waiting at Bunn Street in Wallsend. This is the second time in a week that the bus has failed to materialise.
Worried parents received calls from their children and students were forced to walk or wait for parents to leave work to come and collect them.
This is a daily occurrence for the people of the Wallsend electorate. Every day buses just fail to show up and take people to work or home or school. This has been going on since the day Keolis Downer took over the contract and we are sick of it.”
“The Wallsend electorate is treated as second class by this company and we have more buses failing to show up than any other area. We don’t hear about buses not turning up in the CBD, but the company is happy to take buses bound for Wallsend and redirect them to cover those routes when needed.”
“The takeover and privatisation of the public transport network in Newcastle has been a complete and utter failure and the Minister should grab his coat and head for the door.” Stated Ms Hornery
For the paying public passengers it was just another day, another bus not showing up.