North West, North, and Intercity network - 3 October 2021
Changes took effect on 3 October 2021 and affect buses in north and north west Tasmania, as well as Intercity services between Devonport and Hobart.
To fine-tune earlier network updates in January 2020 and 2021:
To learn more, see below or contact Manion's Coaches, MerseyLink or Redline.
Changes are based on community feedback and network performance. They fine-tune earlier network updates in north west Tasmania and the West Tamar region.
State Growth introduced a new general access bus network for north west Tasmania on 17 January 2021. It changed services in urban Devonport and Burnie, surrounding towns, and between Burnie, Devonport, Launceston, and Hobart.
State Growth has spent six months listening to public feedback and watching how the new network has settled in. The changes use what we have learned to further improve the general access network.
Thank you to everyone that gave feedback so that public transport can better connect Tasmania.
There were changes to Intercity route 700/702/705 services between Devonport and Hobart, operated by Redline.
There were timing changes of up to 10 minutes between Devonport and Hobart.
On weekends and public holidays
Intercity services now stay on the highway unless there is a passenger to collect or drop off.
You need to book in advance if you are travelling to or from Latrobe, Perth, Epping Forest, Ross, Oatlands, Kempton and Brighton.
This is in addition to existing bookings only for Conara Junction, Tunbridge and Melton Mowbray.
This makes Intercity services faster and more efficient.
To make a booking you can visit www.tasredline.com.au or call Redline on 1300 360 000.
The route 705 between Devonport to Launceston now services Latrobe differently.
When booked, services stop at the Mersey Community Hospital instead of the Bass Highway. The hospital stop is safer, easier to access, and has seats and a shelter.
Afternoon services to and from Devonport do not divert into Latrobe, even on request, and you need to connect in Devonport instead, using route 178.
There were changes to North West Express route 708 services between Devonport and Burnie, operated by MerseyLink.
It is now easier to connect between the North West Express (708) and Intercity (705) services.
Some services now leave Devonport at a different time:
This reduces the weekday afternoon transfer time from one hour to 10 minutes.
To make timings between Penguin and Ulverstone more accurate, the timetable has changed by up to six minutes in this area. You may need to be at your stop at a different time.
There is a new express stop on the Bass Highway near Reeves Street, to better service South Burnie.
There were changes to Devonport services, operated by MerseyLink.
If you use these services, you might need to be at your stop at a different time.
There was a minor timing change to Smithton route 768 services, operated by Redline.
On Saturday afternoons the route 768 to Smithton now leaves Burnie and all following bus stops 10 minutes earlier.
Leaving Burnie at 4.20pm instead of 4.30pm avoids confusion with the Wynyard bus leaving Burnie at 4.28pm.
There were minor timing changes to West Tamar services, operated by Manion's Coaches.
The Legana route 780/782 timetable changed by several minutes to improve on-time-running.
The Rowella route 784 timetable changed by several minutes to improve on-time-running.
The Beaconsfield/Beauty Point route 788 timetable changed by several minutes to improve on-time-running and travel times.
To find out more about the changes that might affect you contact your bus operator:
If you need further assistance contact Passenger Transport: