Bus network gets big tick

By Jessica Micallef

Commuters are on board with the new Kyneton bus network.

Bus usage on the Kyneton service increased by an average 45 per cent since the new network was implemented on April 1, according to recent usage data.

The new network expanded Kyneton’s bus service from three to six days a week and hours of operation were extended during weekdays.

An extra 100 services were added as well as the launch of a new bus service between Kyneton and Trentham.

An additional 60 bus services and a simplified timetable was introduced in July to connect Lancefield and Romsey residents with trains at Sunbury and Clarkefield train stations during busy peak periods.

Macedon MP Mary-Anne Thomas was delighted the networks were a success with commuters.

“The new Kyneton bus network is connecting locals to the station, town centre, schools, showgrounds and health services,” she said.

“We’re making the local bus network more convenient for locals by expanding operating hours and improving connections to trains, local shops and schools.”

Public Transport Minister Melissa Horne said the extra services helped to better connect Macedon Ranges commuters.

“Kyneton locals have got behind their new and improved bus network with this significant increase in bus patronage,” she said. “We’re making sure that locals can get where they need to go.”