An extra 15 weekly GisBus services will be introduced from November 20 helping Gisborne passengers get to school, work and wherever they need to go sooner.
Macedon MP Mary-Anne Thomas yesterday announced the extra daytime services, as well expanding coverage for people living in the growing town.
The Route 473 bus service will gain an extra three weekday services to connect people to Gisborne town centre and the train station, improving coverage to the south east by travelling further along Willowbank Road to Bloomfield Road.
Route 474 will also be extended to service Bullengarook via Gisborne Road, simplifying the network by making all on-demand services part of this route. The altered route will provide residents in many new estates around Gisborne access to buses when they need them most.
Services on both routes are timed to connect with trains on the Bendigo line at Gisborne Station, making it easier for people to get to and from work or school in the city. New timetables and maps will be available in late October at ptv.vic.gov.au, while passengers can also book and find out more about on-demand buses at gisbus.com.au.
Ms Thomas said when the GisBus service was first introduced under the Labor Government, it was the first of its kind and had proven a fantastic success story with local residents.
"As the largest town in the Macedon Ranges, the need for extra services in Gisborne is clear and that's exactly what today's announcement is delivering," she said.
Russell Mowatt, chairman of the Gisborne Roads and Transport Group, said the group was ecstatic about the expansion of the service.
"This has now translated into an all-day bus service for our town, Monday through to Friday," he said.
"The Gisborne district is rapidly growing and we look forward to the GisBus expanding in future to those areas which currently do not have access to this service.
"We will now advocate for a weekend service and encourage residents to utilise this well-run and popular service."