New bus service for Woolooware Bay and enhanced Rockdale-Miranda route

Station link: A shuttle bus service will being operating when the first residents move into the Woolooware Bay development in the second half of this year. Picture: John Veage
Station link: A shuttle bus service will being operating when the first residents move into the Woolooware Bay development in the second half of this year. Picture: John Veage

The state government will fund a new bus service that will connect the developing Woolooware Bay Town Centre with Miranda, Caringbah and Cronulla.

Route 985 will be among 12 new or extended routes to be funded from this year’s state budget.

In another improvement, the existing 477 route between Miranda and Rockdale via Sans Souci will be “enhanced”.

Transport for NSW could not provide further information at this stage on the announcement by Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian and Transport Minister Andrew Constance.

A joint media statement from Ms Berejiklian and Mr Constance said the new route would be via retirement village Woolooware Shores, but this was later corrected to Woolooware Bay.

Ben Fairfax, managing director of Capital Bluestone, the Sharks club’s development partner, said he understood from Transport for NSW route 985 would provide regular services between Woolooware Bay, Miranda, Caringbah and Cronulla.

Mr Fairfax said they had been told the timing of when it would start was still being determined.

”In the meantime, as has always been planned, Capital Bluestone will be providing a shuttle to service residents at Woolooware Bay and the broader community,” he said.

“This will be operational to coincide with the first residents moving in, which we’re expecting will be in the second half of this year.

“We expect the interim shuttle bus route provided by Capital Bluestone will include Woolooware station, Caringbah station, Cronulla station, Cronulla beach and a second stop on the Kingsway to service Woolooware station.”

Mr Fairfax said it was planned to operate the shuttle between 6am and 9pm Monday to Friday, at 30 minutes intervals from 6am to 7pm, and 60 minute intervals from 7pm-9pm.

“On Saturdays the service will operate from 8am-9pm at 60 minute intervals, and on Sundays from 9am-2pm at 60 minute intervals,” he said.