MORE BUS SERVICES FOR MELBOURNE’S SOUTH-EAST

MORE BUS SERVICES FOR MELBOURNE’S SOUTH-EAST

Posted on 04. Aug, 2010 in Victoria

Three new bus routes and improvements to a further two routes as part of a $2 million Brumby Labor Government boost to local bus services in Melbourne’s south east suburbs.

Public Transport Minister Martin Pakula said the three new bus routes would offer public transport for the first time to residents of Waterways, Epsom and Dingley.

“The Brumby Labor Government is taking action to meet the growing public transport needs of our suburbs,” Mr Pakula said.

“The review also revealed the need for extended operating hours for services linking Elsternwick, Carnegie, Chadstone, Oakleigh and Brighton.”

Member for Mordialloc, Janice Munt welcomed the bus improvements, saying they were great news for residents of the growing south-east.

“From later this year, a new bus route will operate from Waterways Estate to Mordialloc Station, which means residents of the new areas of Waterways and Epsom will now have access to a bus service for the first time, and will be able to catch the bus to connect to Frankston line trains,” Ms Munt said.

“And bus Routes 811 and 812 will be re-routed and extended to provide improved access to Dingley Village shopping precinct, and to provide public transport to the Tootal Road community for the first time.

“I’m sure these changes will be welcomed by the many residents who will now have more transport options for going shopping, getting to the train station, going to school or meeting up with friends.”

Member for Oakleigh Ann Barker said the bus upgrades were also great news for residents of Elsternwick, Carnegie, Chadstone, Oakleigh and Brighton.

“Existing Route 627 will be split into two new routes, which means extended hours of operation, including Sunday and public holiday services for the first time, as well as extending services to Middle Brighton,” Ms Barker said.

“This is great news for residents, who will now have more opportunities to catch the bus to connect with Sandringham, Cranbourne, Pakenham and Frankston line trains, connect with the Route 67 tram, or go shopping at Chadstone or Oakleigh Central.

“And services operating till 9pm, seven days a week, make the bus a much more viable transport option – because you know you can rely on it to get home after work or after late night shopping.”

Mr Pakula said the review also recommended examining bus links once the Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre is in operation late next year.

“The Brumby Labor Government will improve services to meet the major increase in demand that is expected and will consult with the Centre, the Council and others on any route changes and increases in frequency necessary to meet the demand.”

Mr Pakula thanked members of the community who participated in the consultation that had led to the bus upgrades.

“More than 160 members of the local community attended a workshop and more than 200 made a submission to the Bayside/Kingston and Boroondara/Glen Eira/Stonnington Bus Service Reviews, ensuring the bus upgrades we will implement later this year will genuinely reflect local needs,” he said.

“In the Victorian Transport Plan, we committed $500 million to improve local bus services across Melbourne, with a focus on boosting bus services into growth areas as they develop.

“Buses are becoming an increasingly popular mode of transport, particularly for people living in the outer suburbs.

“Now that local buses provide more services, more often, the bus will become an even more popular option for local residents.”

Bus upgrades for the Bayside/Kingston area – to be implemented in late 2010

  • New Route 709 (Waterways Estate – Mordialloc Station via Governor Road and Epsom Estate): New route providing public transport to the Waterways and Epsom areas for the first time. Service will operate until 9.00pm, seven days per week.

 

  • Route 811 (Dandenong – Brighton via Springvale and Southland): Section of route along Springvale Road between Heatherton Road and Cheltenham Road will replaced by SmartBus Route 902. Service will be re-routed to provide local Dingley residents with public transport access to Dingley Village shopping precinct for the first time, and provide services to the Tootal Road community for the first time. Additional peak hour services will be added to the timetable.

 

  • Route 812 (Dandenong – Brighton via Parkmore and Southland): Section of route along Lower Dandenong Road between Centre Dandenong Road and Howard Road will be replaced with modified Route 811. Service will be re-routed along Centre Dandenong Road into Dingley Village shopping precinct, then to Brighton.

 

Bus upgrades for the Boroondara/Glen Eira/Stonnington area – to be implemented in late 2010

Route 627 (Elsternwick – Brighton via Oakleigh & Chadstone) will be split into two new routes:

  • New Route 625 (Elsternwick – Chadstone via Oakleigh Railway Station): New route will replace part of Route 627. Service will operate until 9.00pm, seven days per week, meaning Sunday and public holiday services for the first time.

 

  • New Route 626 (Middle Brighton – Chadstone): New route will replace part of Route 627 and will be extended to Middle Brighton. Service will operate until 9.00pm, seven days per week, meaning Sunday and public holiday services for the first time.

Closer to the start of service, detailed route and timetable information will be available by contacting Metlink on 131 638 or visiting www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au

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