Reinstate bus audio calls

Standing firm: Inzy Chajju says announcements of approaching T80 bus stops should be restored.Pictures: Geoff Jones

Standing firm: Inzy Chajju says announcements of approaching T80 bus stops should be restored.Pictures: Geoff Jones

WESTERN Sydney commuter Inzy "Andy" Chajju's charge.org petition to restore the audio announcement of stops along the T80 bus route reached 500 signatures in less than three days.

The Cecil Hills 19-year-old, who travels to the University of Technology Sydney each day via the Liverpool to Parramatta T-way service before boarding a train, said the Transit Systems bus company should be required to restore stop announcements for the visually impaired, which he said were previously used on all T80 buses.

"A large number of people support my idea," hed said. "The company should bring back the same service level — we're still paying the same fares.

"What's the point of having stations with the Braille and everything if there are no audio announcements on the actual bus? It's a waste of money, to be honest."

The T80 service was owned by State Transit and operated through subsidiary Western Sydney Buses before the route was privatised last year.

"I got the petition up on a Friday afternoon and by Saturday night there were already 290 signatures and by Sunday 500."

A spokeswoman for Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian said while some T80 buses do have audio announcements, Transport for NSW was "working closely with service operator Transit Systems to activate audio announcements on more T80 buses during 2014".

"Each T-way stop has Braille indicators, back-to-base emergency help points and audio announcements providing customers with next-bus information," the spokeswoman said.

They were aware of three commuter complaints about the T80 audio announcements.

In an emailed statement, Transit Systems chief executive Clint Feuerherdt said the company was investigating and reviewing the audio system capabilities for its bus fleet.

Questions about Mr Chajju's petition and why some announcements ceased after the company took over the service in October were not answered.

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