Will the frequency of these buses change?

There will be minor changes to bus service frequencies to better reflect traffic conditions and meet demand in different parts of the network.
You can find a detailed comparison of current and proposed service frequencies in the document library.

Will there be changes to bus operating hours?

There will be some small changes:

·  proposed routes 216, 220, 603 and 604 will start earlier on Sunday mornings

·  proposed Route 429 will finish around 11pm on Sunday, instead of after midnight.

What are the changes to Route 216?

Route 216 will be shortened to operate between Sunshine Station and Queen Street in the city. Other sections of this existing route will be covered by other proposed new routes.

What are my public transport options if Route 216 is shortened?

Buses between Caroline Springs and Sunshine will be replaced by the proposed new Route 426 – Caroline Springs Town Centre to Sunshine via Ballarat Road. Passengers on Route 426 will be able to catch trains at Sunshine Station or routes 216 and 220 to continue their journey into the city.

Once in the city, passengers wishing to continue to St Kilda Road and the Alfred Hospital will be able to transfer to proposed new Route 604 – City to Gardenvale via Orrong Road. Passengers will be able to make a same-stop transfer between routes 216 and 604 on Queen Street in the city. Alternatively, passengers will be able to catch trams on St Kilda Road.

Passengers who currently travel on Route 216, past the Alfred Hospital, will need to change to proposed new routes 603 and 604 at the Alfred Hospital. Services on Route 603 will meet Route 604 buses to and from the city, and will serve the same stops on Commercial Road to make transferring easier.

Route 603 will travel the same path as existing Route 216 between the Alfred Hospital and Bay Street in Brighton.

Passengers who use existing Route 216 south of Bay Street will be able to catch routes 600, 922 or 923 instead, which will continue to run along New Street towards Brighton Beach. Changing between those routes and new Route 603 will be possible on New Street north of Bay Street. Alternatively passengers will be able to transfer between Route 603 and trains on the Sandringham Line at Elsternwick Station.

What are the changes to Route 219?

Route 219 will be split and replaced by the proposed shortened Route 216 and proposed new routes 429, 603 and 604.

Why is Route 219 being replaced by other bus services?

Currently Route 219 mostly follows the same path as Route 216. Route 219 will be discontinued to simplify the network. It will be replaced by more frequent services on proposed Route 216 between Sunshine and the city, and by more frequent proposed routes 603 and 604 south of the city.

What are my public transport options if Route 219 is replaced?

Proposed new Route 429 will operate between Sunshine Station and Boreham Street, Sunshine South, replacing Route 219 services in the west. Passengers will be able to catch connecting city trains at Sunshine Station, or change to routes 216 or 220 to continue their journey toward Footscray and the city.

Passengers travelling between the city and St Kilda Road and the Alfred Hospital will need to use proposed new Route 604, or tram services along Swanston Street and St Kilda Road.

Passengers who currently catch Route 219 from the Alfred Hospital towards Gardenvale will be able to take Route 603 – Alfred Hospital to Gardenvale via Hotham Street. Route 603 will travel on the same path as existing Route 219 between Alfred Hospital and Gardenvale.

What are the changes to Route 220?

Route 220 from Sunshine will be shortened to run between Sunshine Station and the city only, with new Route 604 replacing services south of the city.

What are my public transport options if Route 220 is shortened?

Proposed new Route 604 will travel the same path as existing Route 220 between the city and Gardenvale. Passengers will be able to make a same-stop transfer between shortened Route 220 and Route 604 on Queen Street in the city. Alternatively, passengers will be able to catch trams along St Kilda Road.

Is Route 232 changing?

Some minor timetable adjustments are proposed in peak periods. Buses will operate every 12 to 13 minutes in the busiest hour of each peak period.

Will I have to walk far to change buses?

In the west, proposed routes 216, 220, 426 and 429 will all travel to the Sunshine Station Bus Interchange. It will be a short walk to change services.

Passengers will be able to change between routes 216, 220 and proposed new Route 604 at common bus stops along Queen Street in the city.

Proposed new Route 603 will connect with Route 604 at the Alfred Hospital, with a same-stop transfer available at stops on Commercial Road.

Will there be any changes to bus stops as part of these overall changes?

All existing stops will be maintained. A new bus terminus is proposed for new Route 603 at the Alfred Hospital.

Will I have to walk further to get to my closest bus stop?

No. Bus stops will be retained as part of the proposed changes, although there may be changes to which routes serve these stops.