Liverpool's free CBD shuttle bus withdrawn

LIVERPOOL'S free "taxpayer-funded" shuttle bus will be cancelled so that money can be invested in new bus and train services.

Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian made the announcement last week.

She said a review into the bus scheme found that the 12 free shuttle services across Sydney cost taxpayers about $7 million a year to run.

Ms Berejiklian said Liverpool was the worst-performing suburb, with only one passenger boarding every two kilometres on average.

The buses for the shuttle services in Blacktown, Bankstown, Cabramatta, Campbelltown, Newcastle and Penrith will also be used elsewhere.

Ms Berejiklian said the cost of these services could no longer be justified because so few passengers used them.

She said the most popular services — in Parramatta, Wollongong and the Sydney CBD — would be retained and changes made to the Kogarah and Gosford shuttle services on a trial basis, but that the other seven would be discontinued.

Liverpool MP and shadow attorney-general Paul Lynch said this move by Ms Berejiklian "treated the people of Liverpool with utter contempt".

"They [state government] can find plenty of money for the North West Rail Link but not enough to provide our free bus service," he said. "The service is particularly helpful for people with limited mobility and the elderly.

"I know lots of people who regularly use this service and will be disadvantaged by its abolition.

"This will particularly hurt people who can least afford not to have this service."

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