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BUS services should improve when Metro trains are introduced in Sunbury, according to the Public Transport Users Association (PTUA).
The association, releasing its study into Melbourne public transport timetables, found that much of the town was still lagging in bus frequencies.
The study looked at routes which run frequently (every 15 minutes or better), and compared their peak times, off-peak (weekdays), weekend and evening services.
PTUA president Daniel Bowen said the general level of public transport services in Sunbury was "quite appalling".
"The trains to Melbourne are very infrequent, though this will be rectified by the electrification project when completed.
"But bus services are also very poor, with mostly hourly frequencies outside peak hours. It's no wonder that most people drive."
A bus service from Sunbury to Airport West runs only once a day on weekends.
Another service from Sunbury to Diggers Rest doesn't operate on Sundays.
At a recent council meeting, Hume councillor Ann Potter called for more frequent bus services from Sunbury to Broadmeadows.
Mr Bowen said: "PTV [Public Transport Victoria] needs to ensure that Sunbury buses properly connect to the new train services and that they run frequent, efficient, easy-to-understand routes.
"More areas around Melbourne, including Sunbury, need these types of services to give more people a genuine alternative to driving."
PTV spokeswoman Andrea Duckworth said Sunbury would soon have better bus services.
"As part of the November timetable change, new timetables will be introduced for Sunbury bus routes to better connect with the new train timetable."
This article first appeared on www.macedonrangesweekly.com.au
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