Business owners have turned taxi drivers due to a public transport black spot along Campbelltown’s Blaxland Road retail strip.
While there are train stations located at either end – Leumeah to the north and Campbelltown to the south – there is no bus route that travels along the road in between the Badgally Road and Harbord Road – a 1.3 kilometre stretch home to the majority of stores.
The strip is a one-stop-shop for shoppers after bulky items including: white goods; cars; televisions; bedding; furniture; and pet care products.
Warren Morrison – who will officially be sworn in as an independent Campbelltown councillor for the first time next Tuesday – owns the Sleeping Giant, one of the businesses located in the bus-free stretch.
Mr Morrison said buses would bring extra customers to the precinct and help businesses bloom.
“You can pretty much get anything you want here when it comes to retail, so let’s try and bring the people here,” he said.
“Buses would help do that because it’s always people driving here – you don’t see anyone walking here.
“Let’s contact the right people and the (Transport) Minister (Andrew Constance) to see how we can get the right services down Blaxland Road.
“If we have a bus service along here it would be better for retailers.
“The more people we can get here the better it is for business.”
Former Campbelltown Chamber of Commerce president and owner of Blaxland Road-based business the Lighting Centre, Anne Parnham, said she had taken the step of driving customers to train stations herself.
“I’ve had people that have come to my business via train and I’ve had to drop them back at the station myself,” she said.
“I took a blind man to the other side (eastern side) of the station once because the was the end he was familiar with.
“It’s only happened a couple of times but if you have an old lady who bought a lamp and has a bag, you can’t just say goodbye.
“So I’ve got the keys and dropped them at the station.”
Ms Parnham said shoppers more so than businesses would benefit from a bus route along the road.
The Advertiser contacted local bus operator Busabout for comment, however the company said questions should be redirected to Transport NSW.
Transport NSW has been contacted for comment.