Relief for Campbelltown’s University of Wollongong students

Packed to the rafters: This is a common site for students on the 887 bus service that runs between Campbelltown and Wollongong.
Packed to the rafters: This is a common site for students on the 887 bus service that runs between Campbelltown and Wollongong.

University of Wollongong students who catch the bus from Campbelltown to campus can breathe a big sigh of relief after the government announced extra services are on the way.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian recently announced thousands of new services would be added to transport routes throughout the state from Sunday, November 26.

Campbelltown MP Greg Warren said this included an extra seven 887 bus services each way.

Ms Berejiklian said described the changes as a gift to commuters.

“We are giving thousands of customers an early Christmas present this year with more services and better connections between modes to help them get to where they need to go,” Ms Berejiklian said.

Mr Warren (Labor) was ecstatic when he heard about the extra services.

“I’m over the moon, absolutely over the moon,” he said.

“This is an enormous win for our community and it needs to be celebrated. Credit goes to the students who fought so hard for this outcome.

“I also do acknowledge the government and ministers for supporting this.”

Students have repeatedly complained about the service saying the limited number of buses often forced some commuters to stand for the entire journey.

One student told the Advertiser the “overcrowded” buses resembled a “can of sardines”.

“I’ve had a good number of years experience at it (bus travel to the University of Wollongong),” student Todd Steele said earlier this year.

“It’s generally packed to the rafters.

“There have been a few times when you get on and there are a few seats, but the vast majority of time there aren’t.”

Another student, Thomas McGill, was also less than impressed with the situation.

“Most afternoons, if I’ve been lucky enough to fit on the bus, I’ve been crammed tightly against walls or pushed into other people. We stay like that – an accident waiting to happen – for most of the journey home,” he said.

“The 887 is a perfect storm of poor scheduling and increasing demand from the overgrowing number of local students.”