Notification

New timetables and route changes for metropolitan and regional bus routes from 27 - 28 January 2014

Added: 23 December 2013

Public Transport Victoria is progressively improving bus services around the state to increase directness, frequency, network coverage and to improve coordination with trains.

Many suburbs in metropolitan Melbourne and towns in regional Victoria will have new timetables, bus services or route changes to benefit the local area from 27 – 28 January 2014.

Train timetable changes are happening over the summer from 22 December 2013 to 26 January 2014. From 27 January, Metro and V/Line trains will return to the normal timetable.  

Please plan ahead and check your timetable or route map before you travel.

  Metropolitan Melbourne
  Regional Victoria

Metropolitan Melbourne 

  Craigieburn
  Pakenham
  Route 401 - North Melbourne - University of Melbourne via Royal Melbourne Hospital
  Route 409 - Yarraville to Highpoint SC via Footscray
  Route 410 - Sunshine - Footscray via Ballarat Road
  Caroline Springs - Routes 418 and 461
  Melton – Routes 453, 455, 457 458 and 459
  Point Cook timetable changes
  Route 577 - Epping Plaza - South Morang Station via Findon Road
  Route 732 - Box Hill - Upper Ferntree Gully via Vermont South, Knox City, Mountain Gate
  Route 781 - Frankston - Mount Martha via Mt Eliza, Mornington

Craigieburn  

A new bus network will begin operating in Craigieburn to improve public transport to new and growth areas of Craigieburn from Monday, 27 January 2014.

Features of the new bus network include:

  • Boosted public transport coverage to new and growth areas of Craigieburn, with buses extended to Newbury and Grand boulevards and west along Craigieburn Road to Vantage Boulevard.
  • More frequent bus services, with bus routes 529 and 533 every 20 minutes during peak times and every 40 minutes in the off-peak. 
  • New bus Route 537 running every 40 minutes.  
  • More direct routes to Craigieburn Station, making the bus a quicker, more effective way to travel.
  • Better connections between buses and trains, with most bus timetables connecting with services at Craigieburn Station. 
  • Buses that service the new Craigieburn Central bus interchange, with ten bus bays, shelter and improved accessibility features, which has been built to cater for future growth. 
  • As part of the network change, two bus routes will service the Craigieburn Central shopping complex. Timetables for bus routes 529 and 533 will be coordinated at Highlands Shopping Centre and with trains at Craigieburn Station, so residents can travel across the area to Craigieburn Central or the station.

Bus service changes:

The existing routes will be replaced by the following new bus routes:

Bus Route 529 (Craigieburn Station  – Craigieburn North via Craigieburn Central) will have a revised route to provide a direct link between Craigieburn Station and Craigieburn Central.

The route will be extended through the areas surrounding Newbury and Grand boulevards and to Highlands Shopping Centre, where it will be coordinated with bus Route 533 to provide a connection to Craigieburn Station.

Bus Route 533 (Craigieburn Station – Craigieburn North via Hanson Road) will have a revised route that is more direct and improves connections with trains at Craigieburn Station. It will be coordinated at Highlands Shopping Centre, with bus Route 529 to provide a connection to Craigieburn Central.

New bus Route 537 (Craigieburn Station – Craigieburn West) will introduce public transport to the residential area west of Waterview Boulevard for the first time. The route runs via Craigieburn Central and the residential area north of Craigieburn Road to Craigieburn Station.

Bus Route 535 will be replaced by the revised network and where bus routes have been removed from local streets, most residents will continue to have a bus stop within approximately 400 metres from their home.

There are no changes to bus routes 528, 532, 544 or NightRider Route 954.

Craigieburn bus network (PDF) 249 kB

Pakenham  

Bus services are being upgraded between Pakenham and Cardinia Road Station to expand network coverage, increase service reliability and to improve the safety of bus operations from Monday, 27 January 2014. 

Cardinia Road Station will now be serviced by two bus routes, one from north and one from the south of the railway, greatly improving local access to the station.

Features of the new bus network include:

  • Boosted public transport coverage to new and growth areas of Pakenham, including south of Cardinia Road Station and north of Pakenham Station.
  • Better connections between buses and trains, with most bus services connecting with trains at Pakenham or Cardinia Road stations. 
  • Streamlined routes that run more directly to the station, making the bus a quicker, more effective way to travel. 
  • Improved reliability and safety for bus operations, as buses will no longer cross the Main Street level crossing.
  • Routes 926 and 928 will operate every 60 minutes from around 5.30am to 10pm, with extra services on Route 926 during peak times to connect with trains at Cardinia Road Station from 5.45am to 7am and 6pm to 8pm.

Bus service changes

New bus Route 928 (Pakenham Station to Cardinia Road Station) - Bus Route 924 (Pakenham Station via Webster Way) and Route 928 (Pakenham Station via Henry Road) will be joined to form new bus Route 928 (Pakenham Station to Cardinia Road Station).

As part of this change, residents living on the southern side of Cardinia Road Station will have a bus service to either Cardinia Road or Pakenham stations for the first time, and all residents along the bus route will be able to access the new Cardinia Road shopping precinct. The bus route will be more direct to both Pakenham and Cardinia Road stations, meaning faster journey times. 

Revised bus Route 926 (Pakenham Station – Fountain Gate Shopping Centre) will be altered to be more direct, extend coverage north of Pakenham Station, and to improve the reliability and safety of bus operations by removing the need to travel over the Main Street level crossing twice. 

Where bus stops have moved, most residents will continue to have good access to bus services within approximately 400 metres.

Pakenham bus network (PDF) 274 kB

Route 401 - North Melbourne - University of Melbourne via Royal Melbourne Hospital

To assist workers in the Parkville area, the first Route 401 service on a weekday from North Melbourne Station will depart at the earlier time of 6.30am, with a 6 minute frequency applying until 7am from Tuesday 28 January.

After 7am higher frequency Route 401 services will operate.

The last service from Melbourne University will depart at 7.42pm.

Route 409 - Yarraville to Highpoint SC via Footscray 

Due to consistently low patronage, special peak trips between Brooklyn and Footscray via Somerville Road on bus Route 409 will no longer run from 27 January.

Passengers travelling to the Tottenham and Brooklyn area can use nearby bus routes 411, 412 and 414 from Footscray, or bus Route 903 from Sunshine Station.

Route 409 map (PDF) 158 kB

Route 410 - Sunshine - Footscray via Ballarat Road 

A new timetable will apply for Route 410 from 27 January.

The new timetable includes:

  • Buses operating at least every 15 minutes on weekdays between 5.35am (departing Sunshine) and 7.30pm (departing Footscray).
  • Buses operating approximately every 12-13 minutes during school and commuter peak periods.
  • Buses operating every 30 minutes on weekday evenings until the last service departing Footscray at 9.20pm.
  • Revised running times during weekday peak periods and evenings, providing more reliable services.
  • Weekday evening bus services will connect with trains towards  Watergardens/Sunbury at Sunshine Station.

Caroline Springs - Routes 418 and 461  

Bus routes 418 (Caroline Springs Square Shopping Centre - St Albans) and 461 Watergardens - Caroline Springs Shopping Centre) will have new timetables, standardised stopping patterns and improved connections with trains in the Sunbury line timetable from Monday 27 January.

These new timetables will mean a more consistent journey for passengers and better connections from the bus to the train at Keilor Plains / St Albans stations on Route 418 and at Watergardens on Route 461.

Melton – Routes 453, 455, 457 458 and 459 

To coordinate with train changes at Melton Station, bus routes 453, 455, 457 458 and 459 will have minor timetable change from Monday 27 January.

Point Cook timetable changes 

Timetables on bus routes 494, 495, 496 and 497 will be modified slightly from 27 January 2014.

The changes include:

  • All trips on routes 494 and 495 travelling to Point Cook South will return to Williams Landing station via the other route, except for the last trips of the day.
  • Timetables for bus routes 496 and 497 along Point Cook Road have been adjusted to connect with alternate trains on the Werribee line at most times of the week, providing more travel opportunities for customers within walking distance of both routes.
  • Later weekday evening services from Laverton Station on Route 496.
  • Later weekend evening services from Williams Landing on Route 497.

Route 577 - Epping Plaza - South Morang Station via Findon Road 

To coordinate with train changes at South Morang Station, a new timetable will apply for bus Route 577 from Monday 27 January.

 

Route 732 - Box Hill - Upper Ferntree Gully via Vermont South, Knox City, Mountain Gate

A new timetable will apply for bus Route 732 to maintain connections with the Route 75 tram to Docklands, which is having a route and timetable change from Monday 27 January.

To increase capacity to the Docklands, the Route 75 tram will no longer service Spencer Street and will now terminate at Footscray Road via Harbour Esplanade.

Route 781 - Frankston - Mount Martha via Mt Eliza, Mornington 

Bus Route 781 (Frankston - Mount Martha via Mt Eliza, Mornington) will have a minor route and timetable change to service the recently completed new Mornington bus interchange from Monday 27 January.

Bus Route 781 will now turn left into Barkly Street from Main Street, then turn right into Eastern Ring Road, turn left into Main Street and back onto the normal route.

Passengers in Mornington will now be able to board all Mornington bus routes, 781, 784 and 785, from the Barkly Street bus interchange that was completed in August 2013.

The upgraded bus interchange on Barkly Street includes two bus bays, shelters, improved pedestrian access, a bike rack and is Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant.

Route 781 map (PDF) 204 kB

Regional Victoria 

  Ballarat routes 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14 and 15
  Cobram Town Service
  Colac East 3 route extension to Colanda on Tuesdays
  Geelong routes 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 30, 45, 61, 62, 72, 74, 76, 77, 78, 79 and 80
  Gisborne
  Hamilton – Route 3 Hamilton East
  Horsham
  Horsham to Mildura bus service: new timetable
  Moe - Traralgon via Morwell (Route 1)
  Seymour - Puckapunyal (Route 3)
  Traralgon - Ellavale (Route 44)
  Wallan Town Service
  Bus boost for Warrnambool and greater area to begin in January
  Wodonga routes E and S

Ballarat routes 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14 and 15 

To coordinate with train changes at Ballarat Station, bus routes 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14 and 15 are having a minor timetable change from Monday 27 January.

Cobram Town Service 

To improve access to the Cobram Town Service for locals and visitors, bus services are being expanded in the west area of Cobram from Tuesday 28 January.

The town bus will now service key destinations, such as Green Palms Village, Willow Caravan Park, Cobram Oasis Village and Cobram District Hospital.

Cobram Town Service map (PDF) 176 kB

Colac East 3 route extension to Colanda on Tuesdays 

On Tuesdays, two services on Route 3 – Colac East will deviate to service Colanda from Tuesday 28 January.

The bus will pick up passengers at Colanda at 9.16am and return to Colanda by 12.16pm.

Colac network map (PDF) 483 kB

Geelong routes 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 30, 45, 61, 62, 72, 74, 76, 77, 78, 79 and 80 

To coordinate with train changes in the Geelong line timetable, bus routes  10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 30, 45, 61, 62, 72, 74, 76, 77, 78, 79 and 80 are having a minor timetable change from Monday, 27 January.

Gisborne 

Due to the hugely successful demand response GisBus trial, the trial service is being converted to a regular public transport service from Tuesday, 28 January 2014.

This new bus network will improve connections with trains at Gisborne Station, with timetables optimised to connect with most peak direction trains between approximately 6am – 10am and 4pm – 8pm.

Features of the bus network include:

  • Boosted public transport coverage to new and growth areas of Gisborne, including around Robertson / Aitken Street and the Peavey Road/Monaghan Road area.
  • Twenty-three new bus stops will provide new, visible signage, and better customer information including timetables and the PTV 1800 800 007 customer call centre number.
  • Bus services between Bullengarook and Gisborne Station, with two morning bus services from Bullengarook to Gisborne Station (one on Route 473 and one on Route 474) and one afternoon service to Bullengarook from Gisborne Station (Route 473).

Two new bus routes will be introduced:

New Route 473 (Robertson/Aitken Street – Gisborne Station) will provide connections from Robertson/Aitken Street to Gisborne Station, and will be coordinated with trains at Gisborne Station.

It will have a timetable and fixed route, like a traditional bus service and will operate from 6am – 10am and from 4pm – 8pm.

New Route 474, demand response zone will be expanded to improve access to public transport around the Peavey Road/Monaghan Road area.

The service will operate from 6am – 10am and 4pm – 8pm and must be pre-booked by calling 1300 447 287 by 8pm the previous business day.

Bus stops will be located at Saunders/Monaghan, Swinburne far side Cherry, Kilmore/Peavey, Ferside/Bloomfield, Mulgutherie/Dumbarton, MtGisborne/Wyralla and Brady/Parkview.

Gisborne bus network (PDF) 71 kB

Hamilton – Route 3 Hamilton East  

There will be minor route and timetables changes to bus Route 3 Hamilton East in the town centre to accommodate the new bus stop at the new Centrelink Office in Gray St from Tuesday 28 January.

Route 3 will no longer run along a section of Brown Street, as well as French Street, Station Street and Thompson Street.

To travel to these areas, you can transfer to routes 1 and 3 at the Brown Street interchange.

Hamilton network map (PDF) 228 kB

Horsham 

Horsham - Williams Road South Bank (Route 4)
Horsham - Natimuk Road (Route 5)

To improve access to aged care provider Wimmera Lodge and to also better service the newly developed residential area in the South Bank area, bus routes 4 and 5 are having minor route and timetable changes from Tuesday, 28 January.

Bus Route 4 Horsham - Williams Road South Bank will continue along McTavish Boulevard, turn right into Ballard Street, then right into Major Mitchell Drive.

It will no longer service Burnett Street and a section of O’Callaghans Parade and Firebrace Street. 

Horsham - Natimuk Road (Route 5) will turn left into Hillary Street from Natimbulk Road, then right into McIntyre Street, then right into Churchill Street, then left into Pearl Street and back onto the normal route.

It will no longer service Elizabeth Street, Phillip Street.

Horsham network map (PDF) 641 kB

Horsham to Mildura bus service: new timetable 

A new bus timetable for the Horsham to Mildura bus service will begin operating from Monday, 27 January 2014.

The service will now operate from Horsham to Mildura on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

It will operate from Mildura to Horsham on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

This change will mean improved access to the V/Line service to Melbourne from Ouyen.

Moe - Traralgon via Morwell (Route 1)

To improve the frequency of services and increase capacity, seven additional weekly trips are being added to the Moe – Traralgon via Morwell (Route 1) bus service from Tuesday 28 January.

The additional weekly trips are:

Monday – Friday additional trip:

  • 7.30pm Traralgon - Moe

Friday only additional trips:

  • 8.07pm Moe – Traralgon
  • 8pm Traralgon – Moe
  • 9pm Traralgon – Moe
  • 9.07pm Moe – Traralgon

Saturday only additional trips:

  • 6.30pm Traralgon – Moe
  • 6.37pm Moe - Traralgon

Seymour - Puckapunyal (Route 3) 

To coordinate with train changes at Seymour Station, the Seymour to Puckapunyal bus is having a minor timetable change from Tuesday 28 January.

PTV is also installing three new DDA compliant bus stops on Route 1 in Seymour.

Traralgon - Ellavale (Route 44) 

To improve access for students attending the Traralgon Primary School, the Traralgon Secondary College, as well as residents living near Allen Crescent or McNairn Road, bus Route 44 from Traralgon to Ellavale is having a minor route change from Tuesday 28 January.

It will now travel down McNairn Road, then right into Allen Cresent, then right intoRiley Street, before turning back onto Newman Cresent.

Traralgon network map (PDF) 876 kB

Wallan Town Service 

To coordinate with train changes at Wallan Station, the Wallan Town Service bus is having a minor timetable change from Tuesday 28 January.

Bus boost for Warrnambool and greater area to begin in January 

Warrnambool and greater area residents will soon benefit from the introduction of the new town bus network from Tuesday, 28 January 2014. 

The new bus network will provide more frequent and direct services that connect with other buses at the Koroit Street interchange, trains at Warrnambool Station and major destinations. Public bus services will start earlier and run for longer hours. 

Please plan ahead and check your timetable or route map before you travel.

Key features of the new bus network include:

  • More frequent bus services for Warrnambool, with seven routes operating up to every 30 minutes during peak periods and every hour in the off-peak including weekends.
  • Buses that start earlier and run for longer hours, with buses operating from approximately 7am till 7pm on weekdays, 8am to 7pm on Saturdays and 8.30am to 6pm Sundays.
  • Better connections between buses at the Koroit Street interchange and with trains at Warrnambool Station.
  • More services to Port Fairy and Koroit, with multiple departures every day.
  • Streamlined routes that run more directly to the Koroit Street interchange, Warrnambool Station and major destinations such as Deakin University and Gateway Plaza, with easy connections between services to allow for travel across Warrnambool.
  • Buses that operate two ways to enable trips in the direction you want to travel and to get you there faster.
  • Five new revised school bus services will be retained; so many students will have the choice of catching the public bus or school bus.  

The new bus network will provide over 400 extra services to the public each week, a major boost for public transport in Warrnambool. 

For the first time, locals will be able to use the public bus to travel to work or school with services starting at 7am, instead of 9am. 

The peak frequency on weekdays has increased to up every half hour and to every hour on Saturdays and Sundays, to get people to and from work or education, and to take part in activities in their community.   

Public Transport Victoria would like to thank the community and local schools for providing their valuable feedback to PTV. The community’s views have been taken on board in finalising the bus network. 

Six of the eight routes have been altered to better reflect the needs of the local community, such as improving the transport link between the east side of Warrnambool and Gateway Plaza, as well as changes to the route around Port Fairy for example.  

PTV is working closely with Gateway Plaza Management, Warrnambool City Council and Warrnambool Bus Lines to find a suitable bus stop location in close proximity to the shopping centre. The plan is to put in two new indented bus stops near the north west corner of the shopping centre, approximately 50 metres from the entrance, subject to approval by the relevant parties. 

Five revised school bus routes will be retained, so students will have the choice of either catching a school bus or the public bus, depending on what is more convenient for them.  

If students miss their school bus, they will have a real transport option to get to and from school. Often at the moment, if students miss the school bus, then they just don’t go to school at all. 

PTV encourages students and parents to talk to Warrnambool Bus Lines on 5562 1866 about the transport option that best suits them. 

School bus route maps will be available from Warrnambool Bus Lines and schools in early December, so parents and students can prepare for the new school year in 2014.  

As part of the network upgrade, PTV is upgrading Warrnambool’s bus stops with new, more visible signage, and better customer information including timetables and the PTV call centre number. Over 80 new bus stops will be installed prior to the new bus network starting.

More low-floor buses will be used and bus stops are being upgraded to be DDA compliant meaning better access for all, but particularly those who are mobility limited.

Network maps 

Warrnambool public bus network map
Warrnambool school bus network map

Wodonga routes E and S  

Route S – South Wodonga via Beechworth Road and Sans Souci Drive
Route E – Wodonga to East Wodonga via Chapple Street

New bus services will be introduced permanently to the White Box Rise estate in Wodonga on Route S via Beechworth Road and Sans Souci Drive and on Route E via Victoria Cross Parade and Beechworth Road from Tuesday 28 January. 

The new bus services will frequent the newly established Wodonga Aquatic Venue & Exercise Space (WAVES), White Box Shopping Complex and the fast growing White Box Rise housing estate.

New services will depart from the existing interchange area in Hovell Street/High St Wodonga adjacent to Woodland Grove

New services will depart from the existing interchange area in Hovell Street Wodonga adjacent to Woodland Grove.

Route S map (PDF) 192 kB

Route E map (PDF) 193 kB