Services boost


More than 4,000 extra bus, train and tram services will take effect in Victoria this month

Public transport in Victoria will receive a massive boost this month with almost 4,000 extra train, tram and bus services every week.

Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder says 130 local bus routes around the state will have timetable improvements to better coordinate with trains, and to boost services in growing areas.

"This timetable change will mean more than 3,260 extra bus trips per week across the state," he says.

"Growth areas such as Bacchus Marsh and Cranbourne East will benefit from extra bus trips, while the bus network in Brimbank, Manningham and Port Phillip will have more direct routes.

"There will be smaller bus network improvements in Banyule, Boroondara, Casey, Darebin, Hume, Maroondah, Whitehorse, Wyndham and Yarra and a range of improvements across regional cities and towns."

Train and tram services will also receive a boost.

V/Line’s Ballarat, Bendigo and Traralgon lines will have new timetables with some trains departing a few minutes earlier or later, while new dedicated train tracks for V/Line Ballarat, Bendigo and beyond trains will also open in July between Southern Cross and Sunshine as part of the $4.1 billion Regional Rail Link.

"This will mean more reliable services, an end to delays caused by being caught behind suburban trains, plus space to run more V/Line trains in the future," says Mulder.

He says tram timetables will be improved with 470 extra services per week, and a new route will boost services to the fast growing Victoria Gardens area in Richmond.

Premier Denis Napthine says the State Government’s investment in public transport is record breaking.

"Through continued investment in the public transport network, such as projects like the $8.5-11 billion Melbourne Rail Link, the $2-2.5 billion Cranbourne/Pakenham Rail Corridor Project, the $115 million Bayside Rail Project and the purchase of next generation trains and signalling systems, we will continue to improve public transport across the state," he says.

The timetable improvements take effect on July 27. 

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