March 9, 2017

LABOR GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES BUS BOOST FOR BUNINYONG

The Andrews Labor Government will deliver ten new bus stops across Buninyong.

Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard announced today that new bus shelters will make it more comfortable for passengers waiting for buses.

The new bus stops will be located on Main Road, Geelong Road, and Warrenheip St and will support the new bus network for Ballarat which provides more direct routes, with more frequent, reliable services.

The upgrades are part of the Andrews Labor Government’s Road and Rail Minor Works Program, which will also deliver new car parks, more comfortable waiting areas, and better passenger information at train stations across rural and regional Victoria.

The $22.5 million Program was funded in last year’s Victorian State Budget, which provided $1.3 billion to improve regional public transport.

It is the product of extensive consultation with local communities during the development of the Regional Network Development Plan, and will improve public transport for thousands of people across Victoria.

Contracts are expected to be awarded by the end of April, construction is expected to commence in late-2017, and to be completed by the end of 2018.

The announcement comes just a week after the Government called for tenders for its $518 million upgrade of the Ballarat line.

The project will duplicate a 17-kilometre section of single track between Deer Park West and Melton, paving the way for future electrification of the line to Melton.

The project will also duplicate a three kilometre section of track east of Warrenheip, build new crossing loops and create new train stabling at Melton and Rowsley to support more frequent, reliable services.

It also follows the introduction of 10 extra services every week on the Ballarat line in January as part of a new V/Line timetable which added 80 regional new services across Victoria.

For more tender information, please visit tenderlink.com/victrack. For more information about the program visit victrack.com.au/projects/key-projects/road-and-rail-minor-works-program

Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard

“The new bus shelters will provide better protection for passengers, and support the improved services delivered out to Federation University’s Mount Helen campus and onto Buninyong.”

“Last year we listened to locals and now this program will deliver the day-to-day upgrades that make a real difference for people in the Buninyong corridor- better connecting them to work, education and each other.”