Council calling for better buses on the peninsula

Published on 10 October 2018

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Would you like to see improvements to public transport on the Mornington Peninsula?

Public Transport on the Mornington Peninsula is suffering greatly from underinvestment.

With public transport across Victoria being controlled and managed by the state government, Mornington Peninsula Shire continues to push for improved public transport for its residents, businesses and visitors.

The highest profile public bus service on the peninsula is the Route 788, which provides connectivity between the southern peninsula and Frankston.

Currently the service frequencies are approximately 45 minutes during the weekday peak and 75 minutes on weekends.

Given over 500,000 passengers use this service each year, buses are overcrowded during peak times and are sometimes forced to leave some passengers behind.

Mornington Peninsula Shire, in collaboration with Ventura Bus Lines, have been working on proposals to upgrade the Route 788 (Portsea to Frankston) bus service. These upgrades include:

  • more buses for the 788 to increase frequency
  • provision of express services during peak times
  • integration of 788 with Route 887 (Rosebud – Monash University) to provide access to Frankston Hospital and Monash University (Frankston Campus) from all 788 stops.

A number of other improvements across the public bus network are also being pursued by the Shire, these are:

  • 781 (Frankston to Mount Martha) – reroute to service an additional 1,776 households (3km addition to route).
  • 782/783 (Frankston to Flinders/Hastings) – reroute to service additional households, townships and services and an increase in frequency.
  • 784/785 (Frankston to Mornington) – reroute to Mornington North area and residential development that has occurred (including retirement villages on Bungower Road) 
  • Introduction of new bus services:
    • Cross Peninsula Service (Mornington to Hastings)
    • services to tourist destinations.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Bryan Payne said having effective and efficient public transport networks is critical to improve the liveability of our Shire.

“We are calling on the state government to fund the much-needed public transport upgrades such as upgrading the 788 bus route.

“Out of the 30 Councils in the Melbourne Metro Area, Mornington Peninsula Shire has the second lowest provision of public transport – this calls for change.

“We are a tourist destination in Victoria, with around 7.6 million visitors annually and only 18% of the peninsula serviced by public transport – this is not sufficient enough.

“The Shire, alongside its community, needs to voice current challenges being experienced by public transport users to the state government,” concluded Councillor Payne.

Public transport issues faced on the Mornington Peninsula include:

  • The Mornington Peninsula has the second lowest provision of public transport per person in metropolitan Melbourne.
  • Two out of three of the peninsula’s Major Activity Centres are not serviced by train and rely on bus services – the only metropolitan municipality in the state with this situation.
  • Public transport on the Mornington Peninsula is suffering greatly from a legacy of underinvestment.
  • The Route 788 bus carries over half a million passengers annually with current frequencies from 45 minutes to 100 minutes.
  • More than 50,000 residents over the age of 60, many facing challenges with social isolation.

To assist the Shire in pursuing bus improvements on the Mornington Peninsula, please write to the Minister for Transport in Victoria about the times you have been impacted by public transport on the peninsula or head to mornpen.vic.gov.au/betterbuses.

Alternatively, you can visit our Facebook page to provide your vote on our #betterbuses poll: facebook.com/mornpenshire