Double-decker buses to return to Sydney

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced more than 170 new buses, including double-deckers, will be purchased in the NSW Budget.

Six of the new buses will be double-decker buses.

"We are replacing those bendy buses with the double-deckers," Transport Minister Andrew Constance said.

The bendy buses replaced double-deckers in the 1980s.

New and enhanced services are being added in growth centres like Macquarie Park, Olympic Park and Marsden Park, while residential areas outside of Sydney like Huntlee in the Hunter, Calderwood in the Illawarra, and Springwood in the Blue Mountains will get enhanced services and better intra-regional links.

“I am excited to confirm today that this massive budget boost will not only replace 134 of our ageing bus fleet, it will add 42 additional buses and deliver 3300 more services a week,” Ms Berejiklian said.

There will be several double-decker buses added to the fleet. Photo: 7 News

Mr Constance said today’s announcement isn't just about more services but also creates new routes, provides extended operating hours and delivers bus priority infrastructure where it is needed the most.

"We’re also planning improvements to key corridors around Sydney from Macquarie Park to Burwood which will provide better bus access and improved reliability of bus services," Mr Constance said.

The additional buses and services forms part of the 2017/18 Growth Services program and delivers on priorities highlighted in the Sydney’s Bus Future plan.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Transport Andrew Constance made the announcement on Tuesday. Photo: 7 News
Pictured: The Premier and Minister for Transport test out a double-decker bus. Photo: 7 News

For more details on the updated bus network, tune into 7 News tonight at 6pm.