Our Better Buses campaign REPORT

A big thank you to all who took the time to sign the petition and take the survey.

Over 700 people signed the petition!

74% chose an extended 591 Hornsby to St Ives Shops service
64% chose more frequent 582 bus services to Gordon Station

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Signatories were from the wider community, including local residents, the St Ives High, St Ives Public, Masada College and Hornsby Girls High school communities, and concerned future St Ives High parents. 98% of responses came from across the three state electorates of:
  • Hornsby (46%),
  • Ku-ring-gai (22%) and
  • Davidson (30%).
No single electorate “owns” the St Ives problem of poor public bus services; this affects residents in all three electorates.
  • A consistent percentage of carers from each electorate drive students to school for St Ives HS extracurriculars at 7:30am because there is no viable public transport alternative (Hornsby 32% – Ku-ring-gai 34% – Davidson 33%)
  • A consistently high percentage of carers drive to collect students from the St Ives High Campus between 3:15 and 6:00 pm because there is no viable public transport alternative (Hornsby 58% – Ku-ring-gai 60% – Davidson – 75%).
  • 74% of respondents from the Davidson electorate are most likely to drive their students to school for regular bell times.
  • Respondents from all electorates observed that scheduled bus services currently only cater for regular bell times, are overcrowded and insufficient to accommodate the number of commuters at key times of day.

The answers are simple and popular … extend the 591 bus route & have more frequent 582 services to Gordon Station.

The response rate by suburb clearly shows that public transport is an issue for constituents from the Hornsby, Ku-ring-gai and Davidson electorates:

If you would like to help us lobby your local MP and Transport for NSW for the public transport services we need, please email us – surveys@stivespandc.com


The survey gathered community feedback from Mt Ku-ring-gai to St Ives to demonstrate the need for improved bus services to and from the Yarrabung Road Schools Precinct to St Ives Shops, Gordon Station and Hornsby . These improvements will benefit BOTH the school and broader community. This survey gives you the opportunity to sign our petition to help us lobby State and local government for these improvements to public transport in the area.
  • Better public transport equals less cars, less congestion, less pollution, and much improved pedestrian safety.
  • Better public transport will increase community and student participation in activities offered within the precinct.
  • Better public transport connects people and builds communities.

Growing Demand:
In line with its Community Strategic Plan, we want Ku-ring-gai Council to advocate to Transport for NSW and private transport companies to improve the 591 and 582 bus services to meet the current community travel needs.

Demand for these bus services will continue to grow with increasing student numbers in the Yarrabung Road Precinct, completion of a second Community Sports Hall. Frequent and reliable public transport to this precinct SHOULD BE INTEGRATED into the plans for this development, to optimise its availability and community use.

Did You Know….

  • Students living in the Hornsby Local Government Area [LGA]  must travel to the Ku-ring-gai LGA to attend a public co-educational high school.
  • Transdev rely on tap on/tap off data to determine frequency and demand for services. This is a flawed model as it doesn’t account for those who want to take public transport but can’t because the existing bus schedule and frequency is inadequate. Therefore they either cannot participate or have to be driven to, for example, St Ives High extracuricular activites such as homework help at Before the Bell.
  • Many St Ives High students are regularly commuting for up to three hours a day because bus and train services are not scheduled appropriately.
  • Every week, activities before and after school attract more than 1,400 participants to the St Ives High School campus. The majority travel by private transport as public transport will not get them to & from campus for the right times.
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