Macarthur Heights residents call for bus services in suburb

Not happy: Amanda Pascal, daughters Bella and Lara, and Campbelltown MP Greg Warren are calling for bus services to be introduced in Macarthur Heights.
Not happy: Amanda Pascal, daughters Bella and Lara, and Campbelltown MP Greg Warren are calling for bus services to be introduced in Macarthur Heights.

Macarthur Heights residents are fed up with the lack of public transport in their suburb and are calling on the government to introduce bus services as a matter of urgency.

Resident Amanda Pascal said she was sick of walking long distances to catch a bus.

“It’s about a 40-minute walk to Macarthur train station and depending on the heat it can be very uncomfortable,” she said.

“I just didn’t anticipate there being a public transport problem in a city – it has been tough.

“It would make life so much easier to know there was a way to get from A to B.”

Ms Pascal said she expected many other Macarthur Heights residents felt the same way.

“I can’t be the only one in need,” she said.

“There must be other people who have the same problems.”

Campbelltown MP Greg Warren said he thought it was “inexcusable” that no public transport was available to the hundreds of residents who call Macarthur Heights home.

He has written to NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance and Busabout with his concerns.

“Critical infrastructure – like public transport – needs to be in place before more people move into new estates,” he said.

“Some Macarthur Heights residents like the Pascals are forced to walk several kilometres in the searing heat before jumping on a non-airconditioned S-Set train to get from A to B.

“You need no greater example of a public transport nightmare than the one haunting residents in Macarthur Heights.”

A Transport for NSW spokesman said the government was “committed to delivering the best possible public transport services for [residents] with more than 2500 additional weekly bus services created in Sydney’s south-west since 2011”.

“We are investing in opportunities to provide new bus services, or to modify existing services, to support areas experiencing residential growth, including Macarthur Heights,” he said.

“Any changes will be considered as part of our future planning.”