'Turn up and go' bus trial to operate between Caringbah and Lilli Pilli

Trial: The bus that will operate the new service.
Trial: The bus that will operate the new service.

After axing on-demand buses, the state government is about to trial another bus initiative in Sutherland Shire.

A high-frequency "turn up and go" service will begin on Monday, November 18, between Lilli Pilli Point and Caringbah Station.

The Transdev Link service will use Mercedes Sprinter 35 Van MWB high roof mini buses, with seating and seatbelts for 12 people, including the driver, similar to the axed on-demand service.

Cronulla MP and Attorney-General Mark Speakman said the new 980 service would run every 10 minutes Monday to Friday from 6am to 9am to Caringbah Station and from 4pm to 8.30pm to Lilli Pilli Point.

Opal bus fares apply and customers will receive all Opal travel rewards such as the $2 Opal transfer discount if they change between a train and a bus within 60 minutes.

Customers can tap on and off using their Opal card, credit and debit cards and linked smart devices but are reminded to separate their cards and use the same payment method to complete each journey.

"This is a great opportunity to learn more about what the community needs, how we can get more people out of their cars and onto public transport...,"Mr Speakman said.

Customers must be aged seven or over [eight years was the age originally advised].