Bus patronage has increased by 45 per cent in Kyneton since the Andrews Labor Government introduced the new bus network in April.
Minister for Public Transport Melissa Horne was in Kyneton today to mark the success of the new bus network which has delivered more bus services, across more days, and with better connections to trains and local destinations.
Locals have embraced the new bus network with patronage increasing an average of 45 per cent since the changes, hitting as high as 65 per cent last month as more locals get on board.
In April, the Labor Government expanded Kyneton’s bus services from three to six days and extended hours of operation. The changes saw one hundred extra services added and the launch of a new bus service to Trentham.
The new Trentham-Kyneton bus service means Trentham residents now have public transport access to key Kyneton destinations for the first time – including the train station, town centre, local schools, health services and showgrounds.
Kyneton residents are also benefitting from recent improvements to bus services in the wider Macedon region.
In July, the Government introduced an additional 60 bus services and a simplified timetable to better connect Lancefield and Romsey residents with trains at Sunbury while maintaining connections at Clarkefield Station in peak times.
As noted by Minister for Public Transport Melissa Horne
“Kyneton locals have got behind their new and improved bus network with this significant increase in bus patronage.”
“Whether you’re headed down to the local shops or connecting with trains on the regional network – we’re making sure that locals can get where they need to go.”
As noted by Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas
“The new Kyneton bus network is connecting locals to the station, town centre, schools, showgrounds and health services.”
“We’re making the local bus network more convenient for locals by expanding operating hours and improving connections to trains, local shops and schools.”