A new bus net­work has been launched in the re­gional Vic­to­rian city of Bal­larat

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A new bus net­work that re­places the 19 ex­ist­ing routes with 15 more di­rect and fre­quent ser­vices has been launched in the re­gional Vic­to­rian city of Bal­larat.

CDC Vic­to­ria (owned by par­ent com­pany Com­fortDelGro) trans­ferred 14 new Vol­gren buses from Mel­bourne to CDC Bal­larat, which will be used on the new net­work.

Vic­to­rian Min­is­ter for Pub­lic Trans­port Jac­inta Al­lan joined Mem­ber for Buniny­ong Geoff Howard and Mem­ber for Wen­douree Sharon Knight in Bal­larat to mark the oc­ca­sion.

The move is part of the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment’s $100 mil­lion in­vest­ment in bet­ter bus ser­vices.

“We’re de­liv­er­ing more trains and more buses right now, and in­vest­ing more than half a bil­lion dol­lars to run even more fre­quent, re­li­able ser­vices in the fu­ture,” Al­lan says.

Many of the routes cover the same area as two or more for­mer routes, mean­ing bet­ter cov­er­age and bus con­nec­tions to key lo­ca­tions where buses don’t cur­rently run, such as Fed­er­a­tion Univer­sity Mount He­len campus, de­vel­op­ing ar­eas of Al­fred­ton and Dela­combe and north of the free­way at Brown Hill.

There will be more ser­vices on the week­end. Al­most all the routes con­verge at Bal­larat Sta­tion, mak­ing it quicker and eas­ier to get the train and get home at the end of the day.

Eighty ex­tra re­gional train ser­vices are the first of more than 170 due to be in­tro­duced statewide as part of the Vic­to­rian Bud­get 2016-17.

The Bud­get in­cluded $1.3 bil­lion for bet­ter re­gional pub­lic trans­port, in­clud­ing $198 mil­lion to re­build V/Line, $257 mil­lion for new train car­riages, and $518 mil­lion for the Bal­larat line up­grade.

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