Vic bus network overhaul

A major overhaul of the Victorian bus network is recommended as a key part of Infrastructure Victoria’s 30-year Public Transport Infrastructure Draft Strategy.

Vic bus network overhaul
Bus services will be extended into Melbourne's growth suburbs as part of Infrastructure Victoria's long term public transport strategy.

The strategy also recommends that a rail line to Melbourne Airport should be built and new regional coach services, to connect regional towns with regional cities, must be established.

Infrastructure Victoria chief executive Michel Masson says the draft strategy aims to make the public transport network better connected and more efficient.

"We have made wide ranging recommendations to improve the public transport system across the state, with upgrades to rail, bus, tram and cycling infrastructure," Masson says.

Infrastructure Victoria also considered the proposed Melbourne Metro 2 tunnel from Clifton Hill to Newport, but concluded the project required further investigation.

An additional train station at South Yarra was not recommended, as the evidence found it would be come at a high cost for very low benefit, according to Infrastructure Victoria.

Another key bus network recommendation is to expand bus services in growth suburbs, as well as SmartBus services and improved DART services to Doncaster.

New bus networks for major metropolitan employment centres – such as Monash and Latrobe – to connect with rail lines are also recommended.

The draft strategy has been released for consultation before the final 30-year infrastructure strategy is delivered to the Victorian Government in December this year.

Those wanting to make a submission on the draft strategy have until October 31 to do so, via the Infrastructure Victoria website.

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