Bendigo bus network boosted by 700 new services a week

By: Graham Gardiner

The Bendigo bus network has been increased by 30 percent offering 692 new services every week, including new routes and

The Bendigo bus network has been increased by 30 percent offering 692 new services every week, including new routes and improved co-ordination with V/Line train services.

Public Transport Minister Lynne Kosky says it is the biggest bus service improvement delivered to Greater Bendigo in 15 years.

"The Brumby Government is taking action on public transport to cut congestion. All services which run via Bendigo Railway Station will connect with coach and train services to improve connectivity and help reduce travel times," she says.

Kosky says there will be a complete overhaul of bus stops across the network, with new signage installed and infrastructure upgraded.

Member for Bendigo East, Jacinta Allan, says more areas of Bendigo will be serviced by bus.

"There will be new routes servicing La Trobe University, the Goynes Road area of Epsom and Neanger Park, Eaglehawk, as well as improved frequency on existing routes," she says.

"Buses provide crucial transport services, particular in regional areas, allowing people to access jobs, health care and visit family and friends."

Member for Bendigo West, Bob Cameron, says the new and improved services and routes have been developed following the 2006 Bendigo bus review and incorporated feedback from passengers and operators.

"There will be services at least every 30 minutes on prime routes and every hour on secondary routes," he says.

"This means passengers in Bendigo will have more buses running to more locations more often."

Buses will connect with increased train services at the upgraded Kangaroo Flat station.

"Additionally, all passengers with a valid V/Line ticket will be able to use that ticket to catch a Bendigo Transit Service bus at no additional cost," Cameron says.

"We hope this will encourage passengers to leave their car at home and catch the bus instead."

In May, a new ultra low floor, environmentally friendly bus which features a Euro 5 engine will be rolled out in Bendigo, a first for regional Victoria.

The new Bendigo Transit Service timetable will take effect on Monday, April 28.

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