The NSW Opposition has slammed the Berejiklian Government’s plans to sell off 233 Sydney bus routes as yet another example of the Liberal government’s obsession with privatisation.
The area servicing from the Inner West to Strathfield and Olympic Park and down through southern Sydney is the latest service area in the firing line.
Privatisation could result in reduced services in the affected areas. A new operator could also cut costs, meaning a loss of jobs for drivers and maintenance staff.
Labor believes this latest sell-off is the first of many public transport services on the chopping block, as the Liberal Government ramps up its privatisation agenda. The Liberals have already sold off the Hunter’s ferry, light rail and bus services, as well as Sydney Ferries.
Last year, Transport Minister Andrew Constance refused to rule out the privatisation of Sydney Trains.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Transport Minister Jodi McKay
“Another day, another Berejiklian Government sell-off.
“Labor fears that this is just a prelude to a wholesale sell-off of Sydney’s transport network.
“This is a government that is rapidly getting out of the business of running public services. Buses should be run for the public benefit, not for private profit.”