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Regional Victorians will get more trains, better bus services, new connections and upgraded stations to get where they need to go quickly, reliably and safely.
The Victorian Government has launched the Regional Network Development Plan - the first-ever long term plan to improve public transport in regional Victoria.
The Regional Network Development Plan guides the short, medium and long term priorities needed to modernise the network with more track, more train, better facilities and more services.
It sets out a medium to long term plan to deliver a modern commuter-style service for the growth areas of Geelong, Bendigo, Ballarat, Seymour and Traralgon, and service improvements to outer regional areas. It outlines a pathway to deliver:
The plan sets out three strategic, network-wide priorities for regional public transport:
The Victorian government has invested $1.3 billion in the 2016/17 state budget to get many projects included in the plan underway immediately including:
The Regional Network Development Plan has been developed following one of the most extensive public consultation processes ever undertaken in regional Victoria.
For the first time, regional communities were consulted on the current and future public transport needs of their region, with people sharing their ideas through several channels including:
Several initiatives proposed by regional Victorians will be trailed, including running coach services directly to outer Melbourne, allowing bikes on buses in tourist areas, and introducing services to cater for seasonal travel demand in places like the Bellarine Peninsula.
This article first appeared on economicdevelopment.vic.gov.au
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