December 9, 2016

MORE BUS SERVICES, MORE OFTEN TO KEEP BALLARAT MOVING

Ballarat is set to benefit from a major bus network upgrade, with more direct and improved routes, more frequent services, better connections to trains, and shorter waits.

Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight and Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard today announced the launch of the new Ballarat bus network, which will see the introduction of more buses to more areas than ever before.

The new and improved network will see the introduction of 15 routes, replacing the previous 19, providing more frequent and extensive services including at key locations such as Federation University and along Sturt Street.

Many of the routes cover the same area as two or more former routes, making it easier for passengers to get around Ballarat and connect to trains while taking advantage of more frequent services including on weekends.

It will be introduced in time for the introduction of the new V/Line timetable on Sunday 29 January 2017, which also sees the addition of 10 extra weekly train services for Ballarat residents.

The upgrade is creating new jobs for Ballarat, with CDC Buses hiring 30 extra drivers and an apprentice. Thirteen more buses have also been ordered to run the new network, all of which are being made in Dandenong.

This is all part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $100 million Better Bus Networks program, and was designed after extensive consultation with the community.

The community overwhelmingly called for all services to operate to and from Ballarat Station, creating a new interchange point for passengers travelling across buses, trains and coaches in the region.

Other benefits of the upgrade include better access to Federation University Mount Helen campus and extended services for new housing developments at Alfredton and Delacombe, including in addition to services being extended north of the freeway at Brown Hill.

Timetables for the new network, including a breakdown of all bus service changes will be available on ptv.vic.gov.au in January 2017.

Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight

“We promised a new bus network for Ballarat and now we’re delivering, making it easier to get around town and connect to trains.”

“More buses, more often – these new and improved services will better connect our community, create new jobs, and give people more ways to get where they need to go safer and sooner.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard

“People told us they wanted a Ballarat bus network with more services, improved connections and better coordination with trains.”

“This new bus network covers more areas than ever before, such as connections between Mount Clear and Sebastopol – which will give people more options to get where they need to go.”