Bus wins in Vic budget

Bus users in Victoria stand to benefit, as the state budget includes a $100 million boost

Bus wins in Vic budget
Victoria's bus network will undergo a $100 million upgrade

Victoria’s bus network is set to be improved, with $100 million allocated as part of the 2015-16 state budget.

The plan includes upgrades to all existing bus services, improved bus services to universities and $5 million upgrade to the Huntingdale Bus interchange near Monash University.

Bus services will also run through the night, with $50 million set aside to trial ‘Homesafe’ – a plan for all night public transport on weekends, starting on January 1 next year.

Victorian minister for public Transport Jacinta Allan says the funding would result in huge improvements to the public transport network in Victoria and help get shift workers and late night travellers home safely in Melbourne.

"The government is investing in the transport projects that Victoria needs, so people can get to work and get back home to their families safer and sooner," she says.

"This investment is a part of the Labor Government’s plan for a high-capacity, high-frequency train system where you don’t need a timetable – you just turn up and go."

"We’re getting on with it – transforming our public transport system, reducing congestion on our roads and improving safety and services for all Victorians."

BusVic executive director Chris Lowe is unavailable to comment on the announcement at this time.

Two-point-four billion will be used to remove 50 of Victoria’s most dangerous and congested level crossings, which will help make bus services more efficient and help drivers meet their timetables.

Fifty-point-five million will be spent upgrading 52 level crossings in regional Victoria.

The budget also includes $18.8 million for road and rail minor works, which will pay for critical maintenance and improvements to the transport network.

Thirteen-point-one million will be used to upgrade the Frankston Station precinct, with $50 million to be made available beyond the next year.

The Mernda Rail Link will be progressed with $9 million for planning and preparation and $2 million will go towards the Bendigo Metro Rail Project.

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