A Newcastle transport consultant says it is unrealistic to expect the New South Wales Government to provide a free shuttle bus service in the Newcastle CBD.
The Hunter Business Chamber has released a plan calling for the provision of free park and ride facilities linked to an extended free bus service.
The plan, which aims to solve the city’s traffic and parking problems, also calls for an increase in the cost of parking in the city.
Transport consultant Len Regan says while the plan has merit, commuters should not expect someone else to pay for it.
“There is some merit in providing parking facilities on the edge of the city centre and then a bus service that distributes the people around the city centre and that is done in many cities, but the key to it is that the pay for the bus service, that the way we’ve got to look at the long-term financing of these things [is] not have an expectation that everything would be free,” he said.