The Andrews Labor Government has released new details of its one year trial of all-night public transport on weekends, which will bring big benefits for passengers in Melton.
Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, today unveiled the much anticipated bus routes for the critical safety initiative, alongside a new name for the trial:
There will be a 2:10am coach from Southern Cross that will run direct to Melton and Bacchus Marsh (and then onto Ballarat). This will introduce a late night service to Bacchus Marsh for the first time.
Melton will also have an approximately hourly Night Bus route from Watergardens station, connecting with trains from the city. This route will run via Hillside, Taylors Hill, and Caroline Springs, significantly expanding the coverage of the overnight PT network. Travel times to Melton will be comparable to the existing NightRider offering (which involves a change of bus in Deer Park).
Detailed service information will be provided well ahead of the commencement of the trial on 1 January 2016.
For more information on the Night Network, visit ptv.vic.gov.au/nightnetwork or call 1800 800 007 (6am- midnight) daily.
The Member for Melton, Mr Don Nardella MLA said:
The Night Network will allow people in Melton & Bacchus Marsh to enjoy a night out or get to work, and get home again safer and sooner.
Trains and coaches will get local residents home during the Night Network trial, no matter when they decide to call it a night.
The Andrews Labor Government is delivering the public transport improvements it promised, and that Victorians voted for — including all night public transport for people in Melbourne’s west and communities across Victoria.
The Night Network also introduces additional inbound bus departures from Melton at 2:12am, 2:52am and, on Sundays, 4:17am. which are not currently available on the NightRider network.