January 27, 2017

NEW IMPROVED BALLARAT BUS NETWORK BEGINS SUNDAY

The Andrews Labor Government’s better bus network for Ballarat and surrounding areas commences on Sunday.

Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard joined representatives from bus company CDC in Ballarat today to greet the 13 new buses that will run the new services from Sunday.

The new network replaces the 19 existing local bus routes with 15 simpler, more direct routes, with more frequent, reliable services.

Many of the routes cover the same area as two or more former routes, meaning better coverage and bus connections to key locations where buses don’t currently run, like Federation University Mount Helen campus, developing areas of Alfredton and Delacombe and north of the freeway at Brown Hill.

There will be more services on the weekend, and almost all the routes converge at Ballarat Station, making it quicker and easier to get the train and get home at the end of the day.

The improved bus services will be boosted by 10 extra train services for Ballarat every week, which will also be introduced on Sunday as part of a new timetable that will add 80 new services across regional Victoria.

The new Ballarat bus network is the result of extensive consultation with the wider Ballarat community, with over 700 feedback submissions from residents which helped shape its final design.

A map of the new network, timetables and more information is available at ptv.vic.gov.au.

Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard

“More people will find that this new improved bus network is more attractive and more usable thanks to better connections and integration with train services.”

“The new network is the product of extensive consultation with the community, where people told us they wanted better coordination with trains and more frequent, reliable and direct services to more places in and around Ballarat.”

“This will this encourage people to consider leaving the car at home as the service will get people where they need to be more efficiently.”