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The punctuality of buses in Sydney's inner west has worsened since a private company replaced the state-owned operator of services last year, new figures show.
The Berejiklian government repeatedly cited poor performance of buses run by the State Transit Authority (STA) in "region six" in the inner west as justification for privatising services there.
But data from NSW's transport agency shows the private operator, Transit Systems, has failed to beat the key performance measure of 95 per cent of buses running on time every month since it took over the contract in July last year.
Bus services in Sydney's inner west were privatised last year.CREDITETER RAE
And its punctuality has slipped noticeably in recent months. The on-time running of buses operated by Transit Systems averaged 90.5 per cent between January and April, which was worse than the 93.5 per cent by the government-owned STA in the same period a year earlier.
In the first nine months of operation, the on-time running of the private operator's buses averaged 91.65 per cent, marginally lower than STA's 91.68 per cent in the same period a year earlier which included disruptions from drivers opposed to the privatisation plans. Region six extends from Kensington in the south-east to Strathfield and Olympic Park in the west.
Labor's transport spokeswoman, Jodi McKay, said Transport Minister Andrew Constance had boasted that privatisation would improve services yet it was clear that was not the case.
"This has always been about Andrew Constance’s ideological agenda of privatisation – not improved services," she said.
Mr Constance declined to respond to Ms McKay's comments but a spokeswoman for the Minister said the contract with Transit Systems would deliver "an extra 5 million kilometres of bus services" in the first four years, and save taxpayers about $140 million over eight years.
Transit Systems' contract includes a review of its performance after five years.
This article first appeared on www.smh.com.au
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