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Changes to bus services in Southern Tasmania

Changes to bus services in Southern Tasmania

Bus routes and timetables are changing in Southern Tasmania as a result of the bus network review undertaken as part of Project 2018.

The review process was centred on providing an improved public transport network that provides better access to employment, education and services and improves the overall social connectivity of Tasmanians within the budgetary constraints of the government. One of the key outputs of the review is increasing services to major towns outside of Hobart.

Changes to routes and timetables have been outlined below and new timetables will be available online in early 2019. More information on Project 2018 is available here.

SOUTHERN REGION

Bicheno, Swansea to Hobart

Bicheno, Swansea to Hobart
  • Improved connectivity with all Swansea and Bicheno services travelling via Sorell which is the closest regional centre to the East Coast. Swansea services will no longer divert via Richmond
  • An increase in services for both Bicheno and Swansea
    • Bicheno will have a daily return service, including weekends
    • Swansea will have two daily return services on school days and a daily return on weekends
  • Interim connections to Coles Bay will be provided between Bicheno and Coles Bay services. These linkages as will be improved in mid-2019 when St Helens and Coles Bay services are implemented
  • Hobart CBD stop changes, Bicheno and Swansea services will drop off and pick up passengers closer to the Hobart CBD, with a central stop at Elizabeth Street (town hall). Services will no longer pick up and drop off at Brisbane Street or Elizabeth Street (Hydro Tasmania building)
  • A route change for Swansea, with services no longer travelling via Rosny Park, passengers will need to transfer at Sorell

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Campania, Richmond to Hobart

Campania, Richmond to Hobart
  • A more direct route for passengers with services no longer travelling via Cambridge Park. Cambridge Park will be serviced by Sorell services
  • A route change in Richmond, with services to travel via St Johns Circuit, this avoids the bus reversing in local streets which is unsafe
  • Colebrook is proposed to be serviced by an Area Connect service (in place of bus services) which will better suit the needs of the community
  • Slight reduction in weekday services to enable provision of more Saturday services and new Sunday services
    • Campania will have 10 services on school days
    • Richmond will have 12 services on school days
    • Both Richmond and Campania will have six services on Saturday and Sunday
  • Hobart CBD stop changes, Campania and Richmond services will drop off and pick up passengers at Elizabeth Street (town hall). Services will no longer pick up and drop off at Brisbane Street or drop off at Franklin Square
  • All services will start and finish at Elizabeth Street (town hall), students will need to transfer onto other services to travel to Hobart based schools

*a service is a one way trip, so 10 services usually means five return trips

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Sorell to Hobart

Sorell to Hobart
  • A more direct route for express services, with all express services no longer diverting into Midway Point or Cambridge
    • The X31 will be express from Sorell to Hobart
    • The X33 will be express from Sorell to Hobart via Rosny Park
  • Creation of an all stops service, which will divert into Midway Point and Cambridge. This service will also service Cambridge Park and Cambridge township. This improves connectivity for Sorell and Midway Point residents to a shopping area
  • Creation of a single consistent route for Midway Point, which will be easier for passengers to understand. The route will be based on the current weekday route via Bay Road and Lake Vue Parade
  • A more integrated service with Sorell residents able to use both Redline and Tassielink services, passengers will be able to catch both the Redline Sorell and Carlton/Dodges Ferry services and also the Tassielink east coast and Tasman Peninsula services
  • A significant increase in the frequency of Sorell services
    • On average buses will depart every 30 minutes during peak times and hourly for the rest of the day
    • There will be on average a two hourly service on Saturday and introduction of a new two hourly service on Sunday
    • 35 services on school days
    • 14 services on Saturday and Sunday
    • There will be additional student only services which will transport students to Hobart based schools
  • A significant increase in the frequency of services deviating into Midway Point services
    • 17 services on weekdays
    • 10 services on Saturday and Sunday
    • Midway Point residents will have access to more services (an additional 18 on school days), including express services at the Tasman Highway/Penna Road roundabout
  • Hobart CBD stop changes, Sorell services will drop off and pick up passengers closer to the Hobart CBD, with a central stop at Elizabeth Street (town hall). Services will no longer pick up and drop off at Bathurst Street
  • All services will start and finish at Elizabeth Street (town hall), students will need to transfer onto other services to travel to Hobart based schools or catch a student only bus

*a service is a one way trip, so 10 services usually means five return trips

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Carlton/Dodges Ferry to Hobart

Carlton/Dodges Ferry to Hobart
  • A more direct route for express services, with all express services no longer diverting into Midway Point or Cambridge
    • The X32 will be express to Hobart via Sorell and Rosny Park
  • Creation of an all stops service, which will divert into Midway Point and Cambridge. This service will also service Cambridge Park and Cambridge township. This improves connectivity for Carlton/Dodges Ferry residents to a shopping area
  • A slight increase in frequency with more weekday and new Sunday services
    • 11 services on weekdays
    • Four services on Saturday and Sunday
  • Hobart CBD stop changes, services will drop off and pick up passengers closer to the Hobart CBD, with a central stop at Elizabeth Street (town hall). Services will no longer pick up and drop off at Bathurst Street
  • All services will start and finish at Elizabeth Street (town hall), students will need to transfer onto other services to travel to Hobart based schools or catch a student only bus

*a service is a one way trip, so 10 services usually means five return trips

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Tasman Peninsula to Hobart

Tasman Peninsula to Hobart

  • A more direct route for passengers, with services starting at Nubeena and travelling via Port Arthur rather than via Premaydena. The route will not travel via Premaydena as this area has very low patronage, residents from this area will need to access the service from either Nubeena or Taranna
  • An overall increase in the frequency of services
    • Daily weekday return service during both school days and school holidays
    • Daily return on Saturday and provision of a new daily return service on Sunday
  • Hobart CBD stop changes, services will drop off and pick up passengers closer to the Hobart CBD, with a central stop at Elizabeth Street (town hall). Services will no longer pick up and drop off at Brisbane Street
  • All services will start and finish at Elizabeth Street (town hall), students will need to transfer onto other services to travel to Hobart based schools

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Bothwell to Hobart

Bothwell to Hobart

  • The existing service will run until the start of the new school year, on 6 February 2019 the service will become student only. This means that only students can use the service
  • Bothwell is proposed to be serviced by an Area Connect service (in place of bus services) which will better suit the needs of the community
  • Kempton, Bagdad and Mangalore residents will need to use the intercity (Launceston to Hobart) service. A new intercity timetable will be introduced in mid-2019 improving the frequency of these services to eight weekday services, including an early morning and late afternoon service. Until the new intercity timetable comes into effect, residents living in these areas will be able to access the proposed Area Connect service  as well as the existing intercity services
  • Brighton and Pontville residents will need to use the Metro bus service, if they are travelling between Hobart and Pontville

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Ellendale to Hobart

Ellendale to Hobart

  • The existing service will run until the start of the new school year, on 6 February 2019 the service will become student only. This means that only students can use the service
  • Ellendale, Westerway, Bushy Park, Glenora and Rosegarland are proposed to be serviced by an Area Connect service (in place of bus services) which will better suit the needs of the community

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New Norfolk to Hobart

New Norfolk to Hobart

  • More express services (X22) during weekday peak periods, with express services travelling via the Brooker Highway between Glenorchy and Hobart
  • Creation of an all stops service, which will be able to pick up and drop off passengers along the Main Road corridor between Granton and Hobart. Some passengers may need to transfer at Glenorchy if they want to travel to Hobart during the weekday interpeak (9AM-3PM) and on weekends
  • A more integrated service with both New Norfolk and northern suburb residents able to use both O’Driscolls and Metro services, New Norfolk services will supplement Metro turn up and go services which means northern suburb residents can use the New Norfolk service to get to Hobart. New Norfolk residents will also be able to use a Metro bus to travel between Hobart and Glenorchy and transfer onto a connecting New Norfolk bus
  • Creation of a more direct route in New Norfolk, which will result in quicker and more direct travel for passengers. The service will no longer travel via Warner Avenue or Grey/Humphrey Streets. Passengers will need to access the bus from Benjamin Terrace or George Street.
  • A significant increase in the frequency of services
    • On average buses will depart every 30 minutes during peak times and hourly for the rest of the day
    • There will be an hourly service on Saturday and Sunday
    • 35 services on school days
    • 24 services on Saturday and 18 on Sunday
    • There will be additional student only services which will transport students to Hobart based schools
  • Hobart CBD stop changes, New Norfolk services will pick up passengers at stop E and F (Elizabeth Street bus mall) this allows services to be integrated with Metro Main Road services. Services will no longer pick up at town hall (Elizabeth Street). Services will continue to drop off passengers at Collins Street
  • Glenorchy bus mall stop changes, New Norfolk services will drop off and pick up passengers at stop J and H on the way to Hobart. Services will continue to pick up passengers at stop C to New Norfolk
  • The Boyer Road service will become a student only service, due to low adult patronage. Adult passengers will either need to catch the New Norfolk service at New Norfolk (Fairview) or Metro services at Bridgewater.

*a service is a one way trip, so 10 services usually means five return trips

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Huon Valley to Hobart, including Dover, Geeveston and Cygnet

Huon Valley to Hobart, including Dover, Geeveston and Cygnet

  • A more direct route for Dover and Geeveston services, with services no longer diverting via Longley/Leslie Vale. The route to Geeveston will no longer divert to School Road, passengers will need to walk to the central bus stop at Honeywood Lane
  • Dover services will start and finish at Dover, services will no longer extend to Ramiena due to very low patronage
  • A more direct route for Huonville residents, services from Huonville will commence at Ranelagh and then travel onto Huonville, this allows the full length of Main Street to be serviced. Services will also no longer divert via Longley/Leslie Vale
  • All Cygnet services will travel via Huonville, no services will travel via Nicholls Rivulet due to low population density and low patronage. Passengers at Nicholls Rivulet will need to either travel to Cygnet or to Oyster Cove to catch a bus. The route through Cygnet will start at the junction of Esplanade Road/Channel Highway and travel via the Mary Street car park and then via the Channel Highway to Huonville. The service will no longer divert via Christina/Louisa Street in Cygnet or via Nolan Crescent in Kingston
  • An increase in the frequency of Huonville services
    • On average buses will depart every 30 minutes during peak times and hourly for the rest of the day
    • There will be a two hourly service on Saturday and Sunday
    • 29 services on school days
    • 10 services on weekends
  • A reduction in Ranelagh services, as this area has low patronage. Ranelagh passengers will need to travel to Huonville to access more frequent services
    • Nine services on school days
    • No weekend services
  • A slight increase in the frequency of services to Geeveston
    • 16 services on school days
    • Six weekend services
  • An increase in frequency of services to Dover, including new weekend services
    • Six services on school days
    • Four new weekend services
  • The weekday frequency to Cygnet will remain similar, but weekday services will be more evenly spread throughout the day providing more travel options
    • Six weekday services
    • Four weekend services
  • Hobart College will continue to be serviced, some services will divert into Hobart College, some transfers may be required at Kingston central
  • Hobart CBD stop changes, Huon Valley services will pick up passengers at stop P (Franklin Square contra flow lane) this allows services to be integrated with Metro Kingston and Channel services. Services will no longer pick up and drop off at Brisbane Street or Murray Street. Services will continue to drop off passengers at Macquarie Street

*a service is a one way trip, so 10 services usually means five return trips

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Channel to Hobart

Channel to Hobart

  • A significant increase in the frequency of Margate services, some passengers wanting to travel to Hobart will need to transfer at Kingston central during the weekday inter-peak and at times on Saturdays. Some Saturday services will travel via Taroona rather than via the Southern Outlet.
    • On average buses will depart every 30 minutes during peak times and hourly for the rest of the day
    • There will be an hourly service on Saturday and a two hourly service on Sunday
    • 42 services on school days
    • 28 services on Saturday and 12 on Sunday
  • Slight reduction in weekday services for Snug to enable provision of new Sunday services
    • 18 services on school days
    • Nine services on Saturday and eight on Sunday
  • Slight reduction in weekday services for Woodbridge to enable provision of new Sunday services
    • 12 services on school days
    • Five services on Saturday and four on Sunday
  • Gordon and Middleton will become school days only services, this is because patronage is very low during school holidays
    • Middleton will have four services on school days
    • Gordon will have a daily return on school days
  • Slight reduction in frequency for Howden, due to low population density and patronage
    • Daily return service
  • Hobart College will continue to be serviced, some services will divert into Hobart College, some transfers may be required at Kingston central

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South Arm to Hobart

South Arm to Hobart

  • Creation of two routes to service the South Arm peninsula
    • X44 will travel from Opossum Bay via Rifle Range Road to Hobart. The AM service will travel via Rosny, the PM service will be express between Hobart and South Arm peninsula
    • 646 will travel via both Clifton Beach and Cremorne, Rosny and Hobart via Clarence Street. Some passengers wanting to travel to Hobart will need to transfer at Rosny during the weekday interpeak (9AM-3PM) and weekends
  • Slight reduction in weekday services for South Arm peninsula to enable provision of increased Saturday and new Sunday services
    • Eight services on school days from Opossum Bay
    • An additional six student only services travelling to Hobart based schools on school days
    • Six services on Saturday and four on Sunday from Opossum Bay

*a service is a one way trip, so 10 services usually means five return trips

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Seven Mile Beach to Hobart

Seven Mile Beach to Hobart

  • A reduction in weekday services, because of low patronage
    • On average services depart every 30 minutes during peak times and every two hours for the rest of the day
    • 24 services on school days
    • 12 services on Saturdays
    • 11 services on Sundays

*a service is a one way trip, so 10 services usually means five return trips

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Other services

Other services

Keep an eye out for updated timetables to check for any minor changes that may affect your current travel arrangements

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FURTHER INFORMATION AND FEEDBACK

If you require further information or have feedback on changes to services in the Southern region, please contact email ptscontracts@stategrowth.tas.gov.au or phone 6166 3343

Timetables and route maps will be avaliable in early January 2019.