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Latest information on the North and North West bus networks

Latest information on the Northern region bus network

A new general access bus network for the Northern region, including Launceston and surrounding towns and regions will commence on 19 January 2020.

The new and improved routes and timetables will reinvigorate the local bus network across Launceston and surrounding regions including the West Tamar, George Town, the Northern Midlands, the north east and the east coast.

The changes have been finalised following an extensive community consultation period which occurred from April to June 2019.

The changes will see more direct routes and more frequent services, and updated timetables will provide more consistent departure times, improve reliability and minimise transfer times.

These network changes balance making services smarter by providing more direct routes which reduce travel times with ensuring the services remain accessible, providing better access to employment, education and other services.

In a big win for commuters across the broader Launceston city area, a new high frequency cross-city route will link the university with Kings Meadows via Mowbray, Invermay, Inveresk, the city, Launceston General Hospital and Six Ways.

Across the region, there will be more services more often to major towns including Legana, Exeter, George Town, Perth and Bridport and improved links for the West Tamar, north east, east coast and Northern Midlands areas, as well as the addition of new Sunday services.

Additionally, new 12-month trial services will be implemented in Riverside/Trevallyn and Waverley/Ravenswood to address concerns raised through the recent public consultation process.

Services to Mole Creek, Deloraine, Westbury and Carrick will be changing in April 2020 to align with changes in the North West coast. Consultation on these proposed changes occurred in September and October 2019. More information on these changes will be released in early 2020.

To check changes, including timetables and routes for your services please click here.

Changes to student travel

Changes to the Northern region general access network may also apply to students who use public buses to travel to school.

Changes to school bus services provided by Metro in Launceston are also occurring at the start of the 2020 school year. Information on these changes is available at www.metrotas.com.au.

Notification on changes to non-Metro contracted school services will be communicated directly to schools.

Public consultation process

An extensive public consultation process was undertaken from April to June 2019 which sought the community’s feedback on both the Metro urban Launceston network and the Northern regional network.

As a result of this feedback some changes to refine routes and timetables were made in order to achieve the right balance between smart route design and reducing travel times while also ensuring the services remain accessible to meet a broad range of transport needs.

During the consultation process we received a total of 388 responses. Of these, 181 related to the urban Launceston network, and 207 related to the Northern regional network.

Click here to view the final Northern bus services review public consultation report. (925KB PDF)

Please note that following the release of the public consultation report, minor adjustments to some routes and timetables have been required based on scheduling of bus services and to ensure timetable accuracy.

For Blackstone Heights (route 161) a decision has been made to maintain the current section of the route through Neptune Drive and Glover Avenue, rather than remove it as previously proposed.

The frequency of services to Coles Bay has also increased compared to what was originally proposed.

Fares and ticketing changes

Information on fares for Northern region bus services will be released soon and will be available here.

Some regional operators - East Tamar Bus Lines (formerly Lees Coaches) and Sainty’s North East Bus Services are moving to a smart card ticketing system. More information on these ticketing changes will be released shortly and will be available here.

Further information

Northern region – towns and regions surrounding Launceston

If you require further information about changes to services in the Northern region, including services provided by Manions’ Coaches, East Tamar Bus Lines (formerly Lees Coaches), Sainty’s North East Bus Services, Tassielink and Calow’s Coaches you can contact the bus service operator directly. You can also contact the Department of State Growth for this information as well as information about the review and consultation, using the contact information here.

Launceston network

The Metro customer service team is available to help you understand the changes to Metro services, including school services.  Please contact correspondence@metrotas.com.au or ring 13 22 01.

Latest information North West bus network

The North West bus network and long distance services between Devonport and Launceston and Launceston and Hobart

General access

We would like to thank members of the community and stakeholders who provided feedback on proposed changes to the North West bus network. We received a total of 295 responses.

Overall, the consultation feedback is showing a high level of support for proposed changes to the North West bus network, but it will take time to work through the feedback and properly consider it all.

We are currently assessing all feedback and will release a consultation report which can be viewed on this page when all feedback has been reviewed.

If you have any questions or require further information please contact us here.