Department of State GrowthTransport

Have your say on the North West bus network and long distance bus services between Devonport and Launceston and Launceston and Hobart

The Tasmanian Government is committed to providing opportunities for community involvement in the review of public bus services.  We are seeking your input on proposed changes to the North West bus network and long distance bus services between Devonport and Launceston and Launceston and Hobart.

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Information about the proposed changes

The services under review are operated by Metro Tasmania, Merseylink and Redline, include:

  • services to Burnie and surrounding towns and regions;
  • services to Devonport and surrounding towns and regions;
  • the Smithton to Burnie service;
  • the North West Express service; and
  • the intercity service between Devonport and Launceston and Launceston and Hobart.

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The proposed changes apply to general access (public) bus services and make sure bus services are best matched to demand, especially for travel to work and school throughout the week, but also to support travel on weekends.

Students who use to general access bus services to travel to school may be affected by the changes. Changes are also proposed for dedicated school services operating in Burnie and Devonport. Schools will be consulted directly about these.

The new North West Express service will provide a faster and more direct service between Burnie and Devonport. It is proposed that this new service will operate hourly on weekdays and Saturdays and two-hourly on Sundays.

The service will link Burnie, Ulverstone and Penguin to the Devonport to Launceston and Launceston to Hobart services.  This means passengers from these areas will have better connections to Launceston and Hobart.

Other key changes in the North West region include the introduction of Sunday services to population centres including Smithton, Wynyard, Latrobe, Port Sorell, and Sheffield, as well as key Burnie and Devonport urban routes.

Wynyard, Burnie, Ulverstone, Devonport and Latrobe bus routes will be more direct and simpler which will make catching a bus faster and easier to understand.

Services between Devonport and Launceston will be more frequent on weekdays while services between Launceston and Hobart will increase and include the introduction of an early morning express service to and from Launceston and Hobart.

The changes will come into effect in April 2020.

Use the buttons at the bottom on the page to view the proposed changes that apply to you.

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How to submit your feedback

The opportunity to provide feedback and comments on the proposed changes closes on 27 October 2019.

You can submit your feedback using the online feedback form here or by clicking the feedback form button at the bottom of this page.

You can also provide feedback via mail at ptscontracts@stategrowth.tas.gov.au or phone on 6166 3343 (between 9am-5pm). Please leave a message if the phone is busy.

Timetables, maps and background information about the proposed changes to general access (public) bus services

Proposed changes to Burnie and Devonport urban school services

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Public consultation to date

Information about prior consultation for the North West bus network and long distance services between Devonport and Launceston and Launceston and Hobart