The Victorian Government is inviting Heathcote, Axedale, Knowsley and Junortoun residents to have their say on proposed changes to the Heathcote-Junortoun-Bendigo bus service, including a brand-new Saturday bus.
Victorian Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan announced the start of consultation on the proposed new bus services and the two bus route options being considered.
The proposal would introduce three return bus services between Heathcote, Junortoun and Bendigo Station on Saturdays for the first time, as well as five return trips each weekday.
The changes would improve local transport options on Saturdays and simplify the weekday timetable by making it consistent Monday to Friday.
Locals are invited to have their say on the two bus route options presented as part of consultation.
The first option would see the bus travel to and from Heathcote and Bendigo Station via McIvor Forest Drive, Strath Village Shopping Centre and La Trobe University, while the second option would travel to and from Heathcote direct to Bendigo Station via McIvor Forest Drive and McIvor Highway.
It’s also proposed to extend Bendigo’s Route 63 bus so it runs between La Trobe University and Bendigo Hospital via Bendigo Station on weekdays.
This would give people access to Bendigo Hospital by bus every 30 minutes from Bendigo Station. It would also strengthen the links between two important education and health hubs for medical students and local workers.
Information sessions will be held by Transport for Victoria in Junortoun on 19 April 2018 from 4pm – 7pm and Heathcote from 4pm – 7pm on 18 April 2018 to give people a chance to talk to transport planners and provide feedback on the options.
The new services will be introduced in late 2018 after all feedback has been considered.
Source: Vic Government