A MAJOR revamp of Warrnambool’s bus network has been criticised for failing to pick up on views of families with young school children.
City councillor Jacinta Ermacora has questioned how widely Public Transport Victoria (PTV) consulted with the community before the restructure of routes was announced recently.
Her comments followed concerns by Warrnambool Primary School’s school council that young children would have to catch morning buses taking workers into the city rather than dedicated school buses.
Principal Peter Auchettl said last week there were fears children would be left unsupervised at the Koroit Street interchange and have to walk long distances to neighbourhood bus stops.
“We really need to hear from families, particularly those whose children have to take two buses to school,” Cr Ermacora told councillors on Monday night.
“And the $750,000 for new bus stops is a lot of money when more money going into the operation model may produce a better outcome.”
PTV has indicated it would consider feedback to the proposals before final implementation.
Under the revamp expected to start on November 24, regular early morning bus services will allow workers to commute into the city centre.
It will be a similar system to the shared school and public transport network operating in Melbourne and larger cities.
There will be an additional 400 services, increasing the total to 1647 a week.
The changes will mean buses will operate every 30 minutes during peak times and hourly at others and there will be more frequent weekend services.
Consideration will be given to shifting some bus stops away from key roads to reduce congestion.