As part of the ongoing improvements being made the bus services around the state, and to increase community access, enhanced services linking with NW regional hospitals will commence on 19 April 2020.
Key changes include Merseylink taking over operation of the existing 7 days-a-week, 365-days-a-year Hospital Link service and the extension of the Tassielink West Coast to Burnie service to link to North West Regional Hospital on weekdays.
Having Merseylink operate the existing Hospital Link service in the short term instead of the new North West Express service will provide certainty for the community in the lead up to the broader north west network changes which have been deferred until next year due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Merseylink will also start operating on the transportme ticketing system which will make it easier to pay for the bus without using cash while saving 20 per cent on normal fares and providing access real time bus tracking on your smartphone.
The extension of the West Coast to Burnie service will provide daily weekday access to and from West Coast to the North West Regional Hospital.
The broader north west network and intercity changes will now commence in January 2021 as this will allow any changes to school bus services to occur at the start of the 2021 school year.
These are just some of the improvements to the Tasmanian state-wide bus network to create a more convenient and simpler passenger experience for Tasmanian bus users.
To access updated Hospital Link and West Coast to Burnie timetables visit the North West including West Coast timetables and maps page
For information on transportme, including what current Merseylink and Hospital Link passengers need to do to get ready visit the Ticketing page.