Students travelling to Monash University Clayton will have a quicker, easier journey, thanks to the Liberal Nationals Coalition Government’s introduction of a new express bus service.
Minister for Public Transport Hon. Terry Mulder MLA, State Parliamentary Secretary for Education Ms Inga Peulich MLC and I today visited Monash Clayton’s bus interchange to launch the new express bus service.
Under the new service, buses will depart from Huntingdale Station and run express along North Road/ Wellington Road to Monash University. During university semesters, Route 601 will operate approximately every four minutes from 7am to 7pm on weekdays only, and every 12 minutes between 7pm and 9.30pm.
SmartBus Route 900 and local Route 630 will continue to provide services on weekends and public holidays between Monash and Huntingdale.
Buses will run express ensuring a journey time of around four minutes.
Route 601 bus services will begin as a $1.25 million one-year trial on Monday 18 July, the beginning of semester two orientation week.
The new Route 601 will be the most frequent and direct public transport option for students travelling from Huntingdale Station to Monash University, with services approximately every four minutes during semester time.
With the introduction of Route 601, there will be three bus routes and nearly 400 trips a day between Huntingdale Station and Monash University, which means shorter wait times and more frequent connections to the University.
The new Route 601 bus will operate on a pre-pay system, so passengers will need to have a ticket before boarding the bus, which means quicker boarding times and fewer delays in peak times.
It will operate in the Zone 1/2 overlap, which means passengers can travel with either a Zone 1 or a Zone 2 ticket.
The commencement of route 601 is an important milestone for public transport service improvements in Monash.
As a former Monash student and the State Member for Waverley, I understand the need to improve transport access to Monash University.
Earlier this year I met with Monash University and Monash students to listen to their transport concerns and represent them directly to the Minister for Public Transport.
By working with Minister Mulder and the Parliamentary Secretary for Education Ms Inga Peulich MLC, the Liberal Nationals Coalition Government has delivered real public transport improvements for Monash students.