Victoria

Ballarat gets on board a better bus network

Bus patronage in Ballarat is booming, with hundreds of extra passengers every day since the Government delivered more frequent, reliable and direct services early in 2017.

New data shows an average of 5,768 passengers used Ballarat’s bus network every weekday in August 2017 – up 15.6 per cent from the same time in 2016.

Ballarat’s bigger, better bus network began in January 2017, as part of the Government’s $100 million investment in better bus services for passengers across Victoria.

Ballarat passengers now have faster and more direct services, with the simpler network of 15 routes operating more often across weekdays and weekends, giving locals better connections to trains and key destinations.

The Government is also investing in better bus facilities for Ballarat, with construction of the new $5 million bus interchange at the revamped Ballarat Station Precinct to take place throughout 2018.

The new interchange will bring local buses even closer to Ballarat Station – making it easier for passengers to access the train station and Ballarat CBD.

The redevelopment of the Ballarat Station Precinct also includes upgrading the heritage listed Goods Shed, a new state of art convention and events centre, a Quest Apartment Hotel, shops, restaurants and a new public plaza.

It comes as the Government in August 2017 added 18 extra train services a week on the Ballarat line, giving passengers more weekday evening and weekend services than ever before.

Ballarat passengers will also benefit from the Victorian and Commonwealth Government’s $1.6 billion Regional Rail Revival, including $518 million for the Ballarat Line Upgrade, which will deliver more frequent and reliable services for Melbourne’s growing west.

Source: Vic Government