Public Transport

What we are asking

Bus network:

Building on the momentum of our Better Buses campaign we are asking for continued service reviews and better integration of public transport services. This includes:

  • A more reliable, faster and more frequent express bus route to connect our major townships with Frankston train station, with peak period frequencies of 15 minutes and a transition to zero emission buses within the next five years.
  • Extended operating hours for the Rosebud FlexiRide service.
  • Extension of the FlexiRide service to include Mornington / Mt Martha, for connection to the proposed Mornington to Docklands ferry service.
  • A review of timetables and coordination between connecting bus and train services.
  • Bicycle carrying equipment for buses on the Peninsula.

Rail network:

  • An upgrade of train stations to improve safety, amenity, accessibility, and active transport connections.
  • Funding for rail electrification from Frankston to Langwarrin and Hastings, and integration of a bus transport hub to support this.
  • Interim improvements in the service frequency on the Stony Point line, to at least 20 minutes during peak periods and 40 minutes off-peak.

What makes this unique

An incredible 82 per cent of the Mornington Peninsula is not serviced by adequate public transport. There are significant levels of social and economic disadvantage on the Peninsula which are made worse by a dependency on private vehicles.

Public transport emerged as a clear priority for our community through the Community Vision process. Our community would benefit from transport and economic benefits, with a reduction in car dependency, better connectivity and access to jobs, education, services and amenity across the Mornington Peninsula.

The uncertain timeframe for electrification of rail on the Mornington Peninsula, means that reliable and frequent buses are the most significant form of public transport for getting around the Peninsula. 

The bus services on the Peninsula need to be reviewed as an integrated system rather than just a collection of routes, to improve connections and reduce barriers to linked trips. This would provide much needed opportunities for residents to connect to important activity centres in Hastings, Rosebud, Mornington, Frankston and beyond.

Why this is important

There are pockets of significant disadvantage across the Peninsula:

  • Our median household income is $1,276, lower than Greater Melbourne’s average of $1,542.
  • There is a substantially higher proportion of older people in the Peninsula community.
  • There is a significant proportion of the Peninsula community with some form of disability.
  • 35 per cent of Peninsula residents experience rental stress, and six towns on the Mornington Peninsula suffer housing stress higher than the Australian average.
  • 16 per cent of our young people leave school early and 36 per cent of our residents are disengaged with work or education, compared to 27 per cent across Greater Melbourne.

These economic and social factors mean that access to private vehicles may be limited – leading to disadvantage and potential isolation without an adequate and accessible public transport.

A growing number of residents are homeless or at serious risk of becoming homeless on the Peninsula. Elderly residents, women and children are disproportionally affected. While the provision of more affordable housing is critical, there is also an urgent need to provide reliable and accessible public transport to access jobs and essential services.

One of the biggest barriers for Mornington Peninsula businesses is access to a skilled workforce. Workers from other areas seeking employment on the Peninsula find the lack of public transport a disincentive. This is especially an issue over the summer months in key sectors such as tourism and hospitality and has been worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The benefits – supporting evidence and strategies

Buses are acknowledged as a vital part of the state’s integrated transport system. Victoria’s Bus Plan sets out how the Victorian Government will deliver a modern, productive, environmentally sustainable bus network that increases the number of people choosing to take the bus by delivering simple, safe, reliable and comfortable journeys.

Rail electrification to Langwarrin and Hastings is identified as a priority initiative within Infrastructure Australia’s Infrastructure Priority List (February 2021).

Plan Melbourne identifies Hastings, Mornington and Rosebud as Major Activity centres and the Port of Hastings Industrial Precinct as being of state significance.

The Shire’s Climate Emergency Plan sets a goal of net zero emissions by 2040. A key summit target is that by 2030, transport emissions will be reduced by 50 per cent from 2018 levels. The Shire is also developing an Integrated Transport Strategy which will rely on an accessible, frequent bus network to help alleviate transport disadvantage and reduce transport emissions across the Peninsula.

There is significant support for both the electrification of the rail line and better provisions for the bus network from key groups including the Committee for Greater Frankston and Mornington Peninsula, the Port of Hastings, resident associations, Chambers of Commerce, the Department of Transport and Public Transport Victoria.

Write to the Minster for Public Transport

To help us pursue public transport improvements for the Peninsula, we are asking you to write to the Minister for Public and Active Transport and share your experiences with public transport on the Peninsula.

The following questions may help to inform your letter to the Minister:

  • What the planned cross-peninsula bus route would mean to you?
  • Would you be more likely to use buses if they were more frequent and reliable?
  • Have you ever been left behind by a bus on the Peninsula?
  • What other bus upgrades would you like to see on the Peninsula?

The Hon. Gabrielle Williams, Minister for Public and Active Transport
Level 22, 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000