VITAL LINK REINSTATED AS PART OF PLENTY VALLEY BUS NETWORK
The Buslink between Whittlesea and Greensborough which was abolished by the former Liberal Government has been reinstated.
Member for Yan Yean, Danielle Green, said the former Liberal Government’s snap decision to remove the vital bus link was symptomatic of how little they cared about public transport and Melbourne’s north.
The newly named route 385 links Whittlesea residents again to Greensborough Station but now via booming growth suburbs of Mernda North and Doreen.
So now Whittlesea residents not only have their connection to Greensborough returned, they still retain the now renumbered route 382 traveling to South Morang station and therefore onto the city, but also to Northland and RMIT. Some combined 381/382 services go all the way to Diamond Creek.
The new bus services are all part of the new Plenty Valley bus network, which began on 24 July. The bigger, better network provides more frequent, reliable and direct bus services to more places in Mernda, Doreen and South Morang, Whittlesea, Greensborough and Diamond Creek.
The Plenty Valley Network includes six new bus routes and has been designed to ensure buses better connect to trains at South Morang, Diamond Creek and Greensborough Stations, and to other bus services.
The network also includes a new Route 384 service between Whittlesea and Kinglake, which replaces the 565 service and provides better access to Whittlesea Secondary College, more weekday services to Humevale and for the first time services on Sundays.
The new Plenty Valley bus network is the result of extensive community consultation and part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $100 million Better Bus Networks program.
Quotes attributable to Member from Yan Yean, Danielle Green:
“Plenty Valley is growing, and so is demand for better public transport – that’s why we’re introducing a bigger, better bus network with more frequent, reliable services that better connect to trains and other buses.”
“The former Liberal Government’s decision to scrap more than 1,000 bus services just as the population of the Yan Yean electorate boomed, was short-sighted, and showed how little they cared about passengers in the north.”
“We’ve reinstated this vital bus connection so people in Whittlesea, Greensborough and the Mernda-Doreen growth corridor can get out and about more often and back home safer and sooner.”