Better services for Ballarat


The new bus network that replaces the 19 existing routes with 15 more direct and frequent services has been launched in the regional Victorian city of Ballarat

Better services for Ballarat
The 14 new Volgren buses will be put to good use in Ballarat

 

CDC Victoria (owned by parent company ComfortDelGro) transferred 14 new Volgren buses to Ballarat, which will be used on the new network.

Victorian Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan joined Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard and Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight in Ballarat to mark the occasion. The move is part of the Victorian Government’s $100 million investment in better bus services.

"We’re delivering more trains and more buses right now, and investing more than half-a-billion to run even more frequent, reliable services in the future," Allan says.

Many of the routes cover the same area as two or more former routes, meaning better coverage and bus connections to key locations where buses don’t currently run, like Federation University Mount Helen campus, developing areas of Alfredton and Delacombe and north of the freeway at Brown Hill.

There will be more services on the weekend, and almost all the routes converge at Ballarat Station, making it quicker and easier to get the train and get home at the end of the day.

Eighty extra regional train services are the first of more than 170 due to be introduced state-wide as part of the Victorian Budget 2016-17.

The Budget included $1.3 billion for better regional public transport, including $198 million to rebuild V/Line, $257 million for new train carriages and $518 million for the Ballarat Line Upgrade.

 

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