Public Transport in Banyule

Heidelberg LeaderHeidelberg Leader  - 16 Feb 2011 |  Buses desert public


At our Public Meeting at Ivanhoe on 6 October 2010 Dr Paul Mees, Senior Lecturer at RMIT University, provided great insight into the public transport issues the north east of Melbourne faces and why the North East link freeway will not ease congestion.  Dr Paul Mees Keynote Address 6 October 2010 (download file)

Video of Dr. Paul Mees Q1 - Public Transport : responses by Kelvin Thompson MP & andrew Macleod for Committee for Melbourne

Dr Paul Mees

Video of Dr. Paul Mees Q2 - Public Transport : responses by Kelvin Thompson MP & andrew Macleod for Committee for Melbourne


If you are interested in Dr Mees new book "Transport for Suburbia" click here to find out more about it.



                                  Kenneth-Davidson-about-NE-Link   D!ssent-Magazine

Kenneth Davidson, Senior correspondent of The Age and co-editor of D!ssent Magazine spoke about how public private partnerships are funding devices that work at the expense of the community.  Kenneth Davidson address 6 October 2010 (download file)

If you are interested in recent, related articles by Kenneth Davidson please access the following links:

Projects built at the expense of the community Feb 15, 2010

Wasted years for Victoria's infracstructure Sep 20, 2010

Incompetence reigns over rail extension Nov 1, 2010





Darren Peters, Spokesperson of the South Morang and Mernda Rail Alliance provided insight into their successful campaign to have the railway line extended to South Morang and the continuing campaign to win adequate rail services for more residents in the new growth suburbs in northern Melbourne.

We are very interested to hear your thoughts, experiences & opinions about Public Transport availability in Banyule.  Please do so on the Feedback Form provided below

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Banyule Bus Services Review Report fails to deliver

There are no improvements for Banyule in the bus services report annouced by the Public Transport Minister Martin Pakula.

Click here to read the related article in the Heidelberg Leader on 20 October 2010.

Click here to read the related article in the Nillumbik Banyule weekly on 9 November 2010.

Banyule Bus Services Review Report needs to break the mould

Public Transport Minister Martin Pakula was to announce results of the Banyule/ Darebin/ Moreland bus review on Thursday 23 September.

Friends of Banyule contributed a 15-page submission to the Review which identified significant gaps in the bus network and which force increasing numbers of residents of Banyule and surrounding municipalities to resort to car use in situations where public transport should be the most convenient and cheapest option. A well-performed system of route buses would also substantially reduce pressure on the road system and the environment generally. 

Bus service weaknesses in Banyule include low service frequency, poor connections with trains, poor Saturday, Sunday and public holiday services and indirect routes. 

According to a recent report in The Age, an analysis by Bus Victoria, the peak industry group for bus operators, has revealed that only 153 of the 711 recommendations made in earlier announced bus reviews elsewhere in Melbourne have been implemented by the Victorian government.

So it looks like bus services continue to be treated by the Victorian government as the poor cousin of trains and trams. To be effective, the Victorian government needs to break this mould in the review of bus services for Banyule, Darebin and Moreland. Buses should be seen in future as a key element in the total metropolitan public transport network.

Friends of Banyule will review the Banyule/Darebin/Moreland bus review following its release on 23 September and will continue with the campaign to upgrade bus and rail services, especially on the Hurstbridge line.


 Reforming Public Transport in Banyule  

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In recent years there has been a substantial increase in public transport usage in Melbourne. This is a very good thing because it obviates the pressure for expanded road space and associated damage to the environment. The Hurstbridge rail line also serves Banyule. Train patronage in Melbourne is growing by about 11% and patrons of the Hurstbridge line testify to how crowded it is, during peak hours in particular. 

Much needs to be done to increase public transport patronage in Banyule and to reduce the numbers of cars on our roads. The insight and experience of people who use the public transport system in Banyule is essential in the quest for transport reform. 

The 517, the only route bus service for most Viewbank residents, who have to walk up to 1.5 kilometres for a direct bus service to Heidelberg 

So please let us know what you think. Why is the system not working and how could it work better for you and for others?  It may be an issue of service frequency, service span, no or reduced weekend running, overcrowding, lack of connectivity with other services (e.g. buses connecting with trains at railway interchanges).

Let us know and please be as specific as you can. 

Buses are the major form of public transport in the City of Banyule (which is currently served by the No.27 route bus services).  However, whilst the growth in bus patronage in Melbourne is over 14% per annum, it is much lower for Banyule services which was measured at about 4.7% in 2007/08.

Friends of Banyule recently provided a Submission for the Banyule/Darebin/Moreland Bus Review to the Department of Transport.  Please click here to download a copy of our Submission to the Review.  Also, click on the following links for Friends of Banyule's latest Press Release dated March 31,2010 and our letter to Martin Pakula MLC

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Concerns remain on Victorian government approach to local bus services    (posted 5 May 2010)

Residents of the City of Banyule and surrounding municipalities are anxiously awaiting the outcome of the review of local bus services currently being conducted by the Victorian government. Local route bus services that currently operate in Banyule and in much of Melbourne are poor and require major reform. Services are infrequent, routes are indirect in many cases and there are insufficient Saturday and Sunday services. Connections with rail services are also poor at many stations and interchanges.

We recently wrote to Public Transport Minister Pakula to set out our main concerns. Please click here to read our letter and the minister's reply.  Our latest Press Releaseto the media is on the following link for your information also.

This issue is urgent and it is incumbent on the government to take early effective action. The reply made on the minister's behalf contain no inkling that there will be much needed reforms. Unfortunately, the outcomes announced by the Victorian government from the bus reviews conducted elsewhere in Melbourne have been very disappointing.

Our recent letter to the minister was made to reinforce the comprehensive submissionFriends of Banyulemade to the government's bus review process.  Please   click here to read the Friends of Banyule Submission   to the Bus Review.

Most road traffic in Banyule is generated locally or from a nearby municipality. With rising concern about climate change and growing road congestion, many more Banyule residents should and would use public transport to go to work, to school, to shop and visit friends.  However, current service arrangements make this impossible for many. 

Please see our 'In the Press' webpage for feedback from residents - in particular the article in the Manningham Leader from January 28, 2010

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Greensborough railway station: major bus/rail
interchange in urgent need of upgrade.

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We recommend to the Victorian government that they accept the recommendations in our submission to the bus review and to respond positively to develop sustainable transport in Banyule and surrounding suburbs, reduce road congestion and associated noise and air pollution and to preserve the natural environment.






The 903 SmartBus which services Burgundy Street, Bell Street and Northland Shopping Centre and beyond every 15 minutes on weekdays. City of Banyule residents need more bus services of this quality to reduce car dependency and protect the environment





Walking and Cycling in Banyule

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How easy is it for residents of Banyule to walk or to take a bicycle ride, either to work, the shops or to school?

Cycling is becoming more & more popular in Melbourne, not only for recreation but also for everyday travel.  How easy is it in Banyule?

Let us know of your experience and what you think  ...

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Banyule Public Transport Services

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The route bus services that serve Banyule are the:
246, 250, 293, 340, 350, 510, 513, 517, 518, 520,
546, 548, 549, 550, 551, 560, 561, 562, 563, 564,
566, 570, 572, 580 and the 903 (SMARTBUS Service).

The 903 Smart Bus

The Hurstbridge Line Rail service includes these stations in Banyule: Darebin, Ivanhoe, Eaglemont, Heidelberg, Rosanna, Macleod, Watsonia, and Greensborough.
For full details of routes and timetables see Metlink's Hurstbridge Line link

The No.86 Tram from Bundoora RMIT to Waterfront City Docklands runs on the western perimeter of Banyule.

See for full details of routes and timetables. 


Useful Public Transport websites

Public Transport Users Association

Represents public transport passengers and promotes sustainable transport policy

GAMUT (Australasian Centre for the Governance and Management of Urban Transport)

A Melbourne University based collaborative research centre which promotes and supports sustainable urban transport

Victoria Transport Policy Institute

A Canadian-based research body which provides free on-line resources for improving transport policy and analysis 

pt4me2 (Public Transport for Me Too)



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