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Nothing ever happens to buses in Frankston South. Well hardly ever. It's an area glossed over by almost every transport strategy anyone can remember. The local bus review from over 10 years ago was when it was last seriously talked about. Parts got implemented. But nothing in Frankston South. This song could have been about buses in Frankston South
Frankston South is Frankston's preferred address. Especially if you like some land around your house and a secluded spot from the summer beach crowds. There's great walking trails, reserves and views in the area. It is also in the catchment of the highly regarded Frankston High School. It is in the seat of Frankston held by Labor's Paul Edbrooke MP. It is typically marginal but strengthened for Labor in the 2018 election.Frankston South's walk score is 38 with only limited local shops so walking is a non-starter for most trips. Parts are somewhat hilly, restricting cycling. So if you are talking non-car transport then it probably has to be buses. Even though its sometimes large blocks and car dependence don't sound promising for buses, patronage of local bus routes is actually slightly to well above the Melbourne average. The routes involved are a clump comprising 772, 773 and 774. We'll only talk about 773, the westernmost of these, today. Route description
Route 773 can trace its history back to 1938. That's a long way back for a bus route so far from Melbourne. But recall that certain outer areas, such as parts of the outer east (eg Berwick and Belgrave) and south-east (eg Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula) were well established towns pre WW2 before suburban expansion crept up to swallow them.
The maps below show that the route has gradually extended south. It has also got more complicated with the extensions being occasional trips. These complications need to be understood in conjunction with other complications on the 772 and 774. Hence any attempt to simplify these services must tackle all three routes.
For a relatively low density area it's as well used as the average bus in Melbourne. It's above the 20 passengers boarding per hour that Infrastructure Victoria regards as a viable bus route.
772 Eliza Heights - Frankston 33 19 #N/A 23
773 Frankston South - Frankston 24 24 #N/A 25
774 Frankston - Delacombe Park 37 #N/A #N/A 30
What do you think should be done to the 773? Should it get 7 day service given its strong Saturday usage? And would it benefit from a stronger terminus, such as Mt Eliza as recommended in the local bus review? Please leave any comments and ideas below.
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This item was written by Peter Parker http://www.melbourneontransit.blogspot.com
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