Second chance on buses

Joel Peterson | Bendigo Weekly | 27-Feb-2015

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Local residents will get another chance to have their say on Bendigo’s proposed bus network after the initial Public Transport Victoria plan drew the ire of network commuters.

An initial round of community consultations with PTV was held in December, with residents from across Bendigo lamenting the changes to the current network.

Under the plan every route number would be changed and the North Service scrapped, while a direct service from Lansell Square to Epsom station would replace the current Epsom and Kangaroo Flat services.

Residents along Spring Gully Road would miss out on bus services completely, as would commuters from Kangaroo Flat Station, while Eaglehawk and Huntly residents also expressed concerns to the Bendigo Weekly.

Public Transport Minister and Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan this week announced a second round of community consultation sessions would be held.

“The community response to the bus network review shows how passionate people in Bendigo are about buses and public transport,” Ms Allan said.

“I want to see that passion reflected in the bus services we use every day, which is why I have intervened to see community consultation re-opened.”

Spring Gully residents held a community meeting in relation to the service this week, attended by around 150 locals.

Ms Allan said she understood the concerns raised from locals about the length, notice and promotion of the first round of community meetings, which is why she has intervened to see consultation re-opened.

Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards said the feedback from residents would be welcomed.

“Our bus network will be better for the input, views and opinions of those who use it every day,” she said.

Regardless of whether changes are implemented to the proposed system or not, Ms Allan said a new network will be in place later this year.

Labor says the new bus system will compliment other planned major transport improvements including the proposed Bendigo Metro rail plan.

More information regarding consultation times and locations will be provided in the coming weeks, well ahead of sessions starting.

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