Southern Tasmania Gains Additional Bus Services

Southern Tasmania Gains Additional Bus Services

Tasmania Minister for Infrastructure Jeremy Rockliff

More Bus Services In Southern Tasmania

Victor P Taffa

New Norfolk will gain an extra school bus service in the morning and afternoon from Monday next week, while the 7.17 am general access bus will become a Super Express service to improve travel times to the city.

“Consideration is also being given to an evening Super Express Service during peak traffic. These services are operated by O’Driscoll’s Coaches Derwent Valley Link.” Minister for Infrastructure Jeremy Rockliff said.

“Hodgman Government is committed to providing better bus services that more accurately reflect the needs of local communities now and into the future.”

This has meant the first system wide review of public bus services in a decade, following 18 months of consultation involving local communities, schools and bus operators.

There are more than 200 routes in Southern Tasmania and more than 15,000 adult passengers and 12,000 school students using bus services every day.

A once in a decade bus review was always going to present challenges and require some refinement when it rolled out, such as at New Norfolk.

“We are listening to communities, making additional changes where needed and we will continue to do so to ensure we get it right.” Minister Rockliff said.

Hodgman Government is also listening to bus operators who have indicated they want to work with us to ensure that changes best meet the needs of the communities they service.

“Our focus has been on ensuring an overall increase in services, designed to provide better access to employment, education and services and also pave the way for the introduction of a single integrated state-wide transport network and a common ticketing system.”

“I recognise the challenges that can arise with the implementation of new services and I encourage Tasmanians to give the new services a chance, keep catching the bus and take advantage of our growing public transport system.” Minister Rockliff said.