August 3, 2016

FURTHER CONSULTATION ON NEW LOOK BALLARAT BUS NETWORK

Residents are invited to see how their feedback influenced the design of the new bus network for Ballarat and surrounding areas at information sessions scheduled for next week.

Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard, said the revised network reflected the feedback received from local passengers, and would better meet the needs of bus users.

“These workshops are a chance for the local community to see how their feedback has influenced the design of their bus network, and provide further feedback on the proposals,” Mr Howard said.

“Public Transport Victoria (PTV) held workshops in June, allowing Ballarat residents to have their say on the existing network and plans to improve it.

“The Andrews Labor Government has listened to this feedback about the best way to deliver better busses for Ballarat.”

These responses, along with nearly 150 online submissions, calls to the PTV call centre and correspondence to the Minister for Public Transport have been considered in developing the new bus network that will go on public display in coming weeks.

Major proposals presented at the June consultations included a number of changes to improve the travel times on bus routes and to increase travel options. This included introducing a new route between Mt Clear and Sebastopol via Whitehorse Road.

The revised plans add further changes made as the result of community feedback, including:

  • extending the Redan/Sebastopol bus route to Victoria Street, Sebastopol so people can access the local shops as well as providing an interchange with the Sebastopol/Mt Helen bus route.
  • extending the Delacombe bus route to access the new shopping centre and travel past the existing nursing home.
  • Altering the Alfredton route so that it travels past Leopold Street to access the Alfredton Medical Centre and the McCallum Disability Centre.

Three local information sessions will be held on 8 and 9 August, where people can view the new network, ask questions of PTV’s planning team and provide further feedback.

Monday August 8

11:00am – 1:00pm and 4.30pm – 6.30pm

Ballarat Mechanics’ Institute

117 Sturt St, Ballarat

Tuesday August 9

3.30 pm – 6.30pm

Brown Hill Community Hall

375 Humffray St North, Brown Hill

For those unable to attend these sessions, information, maps and an online consultation hub will be available from 8-14 August at ptv.vic.gov.au/getinvolved.

The new services will be delivered as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $100 million Better Bus Network program.

“We’re building better public transport for Ballarat now, and investing and planning for better services in the future – to get people home safe and sooner.”