Ballarat Night Network trial extended

BALLARAT’S Night Network bus trial has been extended for a further six months.
Nanjing Night Net

Theextension will see late night services continue to run until at least June next year, allowing for data to be collected over an expected busy spring and summer period.

The servicecurrently provides a coach from Melbourne to Ballarat and Wendouree at 2:10am on Saturday and Sunday.

The extension will allow Ballarat commuters the luxury of attending events such asthe Australian Open, Formula 1 Grand Prix and the Melbourne Comedy Festival with the knowledge they will be able to use late night public transport to get home.

It will also ensure public transport is on offer for the start of next year’s footy season

Average attendances for Ballarat buses over the first six months saw an average of 52 patrons board the service from Southern Cross each weekend.

The concept received a lukewarm reception, with Public Transport Victoria data showing showing only69 patrons caught the V/Line coach servicesfrom Southern Cross to Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo and Traralgon during the first week of trialing in January.

However, it has sincegained popularity.

“The six-month extension will give us a chance to properly assess the trial over a full year, and give certainty to event organisers and passengers in Ballarat the lead up to the new year,” Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan said.

Buninyong MP Geoff Howard welcomed the extension.

“Ballarat residents can enjoy everything Melbourne has to offer, and know they can still get home safely,” he said.

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