26 September 2023

City east buses drive for derailed rail

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Hundreds of additional bus services are to descend on Melbourne’s east later this month to make it easier for locals to get around while Suburban Rail Loop is being constructed.

Announced by Acting Minister for Public Transport, Melissa Horne, 200 hundred additional bus services per week are to be introduced across two high demand routes from 30 April.

“It includes route 733 Oakleigh – Box Hill via Clayton, Monash University and Mt Waverley, as well as route 767 Southland – Box Hill via Chadstone, Jordanville and Deakin University,” Ms Horne said.

“The additional bus services will better connect locals to employment, education and shops – and forms part of Victoria’s Bus Plan, which is delivering improvements to the state’s bus network,” she said.

“It also follows community consultation, which highlighted that taking a bus was the most popular mode of transport when travelling to and from the Box Hill and Burwood area and that frequency is paramount.”

Ms Horne said route 733 would have an increased frequency of every 15 minutes during the day on weekdays between Box Hill and Monash University and an increase of every 40 minutes on Sundays.

She said route 767 would have an increased frequency of every 20 minutes during the day on weekdays.

“Services on the weekend will also commence earlier and finish later,” the Minister said.

“Both bus routes also operate via several of the future Suburban Rail Loop East locations including Cheltenham, Clayton, Monash, Burwood and Box Hill,” she said.

“These additional services will help meet travel demand while Suburban Rail Loop is being constructed.”

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