Contracts which run Melbourne’s extensive bus network are set to be overhauled.
Minister for Transport, Jacinta Allan (MP) announced last week that the Government will negotiate new contracts with 12 metropolitan bus operators.
The Government claims the current contracts are old and inflexible and in many cases not meeting the changing needs of passengers.
The overhaul is anticipated to pave the way for better services.
In 2009, the local 483 bus service which links Sunbury to Moonee Ponds, was to be reduced, in a similar review process.
At that time, residents rallied to save their service which was expected to be scaled down and redirected via Melbourne Airport.
The 483 route provides services to Niddrie, Essendon and Moonee Ponds. It delivers vital transport options for young people who work at the KFC and McDonald’s restaurants at the Calder Park Service Centres.
According to local opinion, the current service is not very well patronised.