A more frequent and better connected bus network.
The City of Melton needs a more frequent and better connected bus network. Council calls on the State Government to:
- Establish new, and extend existing, bus routes to service emerging residential, commercial and industrial areas within the municipality.
- Increase the frequency of buses across the municipality; and
- Establish two ‘turn up and go’ bus routes with 10 minute frequencies;
- Melton Station – Woodgrove – High Street, Melton – Cobblebank Station.
- Caroline Springs Station – Caroline Springs Town Centre – Watergardens.
New Bus Routes
- Melton - Melton South - Eynesbury
- Melton Station - Woodgrove - High Street, Melton - Cobblebank Station via Melton industrial precinct
- Bacchus Marsh - Melton - Watergardens
- Caroline Springs - Werribee East
- Woodgrove - High Street, Melton - Caroline Springs town centre
- New residential and industrial estates - Cobblebank Station
- New residential and industrial estates - Rockbank Station and Caroline Springs Station
Poor service levels, quality and accessibility are key issues impacting public transport in the City of Melton. Improving the number and frequency of services is critical to support current and projected population growth, whilst simultaneously making our community a more attractive location for commercial investment.
Many people in our municipality live more than a ten minute walk from a bus stop, and those who do live near a bus stop, are at the mercy of a service that runs infrequently and connects poorly to other public transport services.
Residents of the City of Melton are in critical need of public transport access to schools, tertiary education, employment, health services and train stations.
The March 2019 ABS Census of Population and Housing revealed the unemployment rate for all Melton residents to be 6.7 per cent compared to a Victorian average of 4.7 percent. In comparison, the unemployment rate for young people aged 15 to 24 years was 17.1 per cent.
The youth of Melton have identified infrequent or lack of public transport as the greatest barrier to accessing education and employment.
Plan Melbourne informs public transport planning through the Principal Public Transport Network (PPTN), and stipulates that all properties should be within 400 metres of public transport infrastructure (buses, trains, light rail).
As population growth in the municipality outstrips the growth in employment opportunities, jobs per household are expected to be reduced to 0.59 by 2031, whilst metropolitan Melbourne will increase to 1.39 jobs per household over the same period.
Within the City of Melton, only 15 per cent of properties can access public transport within the stipulated 400 metre buffer, and new suburbs, including industrial estates, are yet to be included in existing bus routes. Melton City Council seeks additional bus routes to provide residents with access to employment, health and education opportunities.
A frequent, reliable and connected bus network will improve liveability and health and wellbeing for residents.