What’s happening with the existing bus stop?

    Input from residents near the existing bus stop outside No.8 Ocean Street, Dudley, has prompted Council to investigate relocating the stop to the Reay Park street frontage.

    What’s the issue with the current site?

    Concerns have been raised about noise and the amount of time buses spend idling (laying over) at the stop. Newcastle Transport was consulted regarding this issue and has advised Council it has been addressed. Another issue raised is the increased number of homes near the current site, consequently increasing the amount of traffic and people in the area.

    Is the existing bus stop unsafe?

    A prior investigation concluded there were no safety issues with the current site.

    How busy is the bus stop?

    One regular public bus service currently uses the stop – Route 48. School buses also use the stop before and after school.

    How would relocation impact parking at Reay Park?

    Relocating the bus stop would require establishment of a new bus zone on the eastern side of Ocean Street, in front of Reay Park, eliminating parking along the Reay Park street frontage.

    Who is responsible?

    Responsibility for bus stops is shared between Newcastle Transport provider Keolis Downer, Lake Macquarie City Council and Council’s Traffic Facilities and Road Safety Committee. The committee reviews and approves regulatory items such as signage, line marking and bus zones, Council provides bus stop infrastructure such as seats and shelters and Keolis Downer selects preferred bus stop locations.

    Where is the next bus stop?

    The closest bus stop is near the corner of Ocean Street and Albury Street, about 200m north of Reay Park and 330m north of the existing bus stop.