2. Run a mid morning coach daily from Hamilton to Ballarat connecting with a midday Up train .
Run a 1600 ish Ballarat - Hamilton coach Daily off a mid afternoon Down Ballarat train .
5. Introduce a cross country coach service between Hamilton & Horsham .
I have sometimes taken the Hamilton-Ballarat coach service. I have never encountered many passengers joining or alighting between Glenthompson and Ballarat, so there could be savings in operating any new services direct from Glenthompson to Ararat up the Pyrenees Highway. This would also provide a connection through to Horsham. There is very little population to serve between Hamilton and Horsham via the A200 west of the Grampians, whereas the route east of the Grampians is only slightly longer and serves Willaura, Ararat, Stawell and Great Western.
The current Ballarat-Hamilton service is almost never full, with an average of perhaps 15 passengers by Hamilton, whereas Horsham is a much stronger supporter of their coach service.
One of the biggest problems with the current Ballarat-Hamilton coach service is the vibration. When the current contractor Trotters purchased a new coach for the service they don't seem to have ordered air suspension. The spring suspension transmits every little bump or patch in the road direct to the passenger, making reading or device use next to impossible. I know one family who drive to Ararat for the train rather than endure the bumpy road coach. Surely ptv should be able to get small details such as this right.
The easiest way of increasing Hamilton services is making connections work. The Sunday morning coach Warrnambool-Hamilton-Ararat service misses the train at Ararat by half an hour, so passengers have a 4 hour wait for the next train. If the coach were made slightly earlier, and the driver rest break changed from Dunkeld to Hamilton, it would become an attractive service.