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For information about the Launceston Network Review, click on the following FAQ.

The feedback period for the Launceston Network Review has now closed.

It’s been many years since Metro’s Launceston network was reviewed. We recognise that our current network is complex and no longer reflects the travel patterns and preferences of many residents.

We are proposing to simplify the routes we operate and make better use of existing resources. Independent research has shown that people in Launceston want bus services that are easier to understand, run more frequently and get people to their destinations faster.

The review covers both general access and school bus services.

Metro has developed a network design that is reflective of contemporary public transport planning principles, and meets our operating contract.
We can’t develop individual route timetables until the network design is finalised, so they are not included in this consultation process.

This consultation period runs from 17 October 2016 to 11 November 2016.

It is anticipated that the new general access routes and timetables will be implemented in July 2017.

The new network will streamline services to require fewer, more direct routes. This will allow resources to be invested in a simpler, more frequent and easier to understand network. However, all suburbs currently serviced by Metro will continue to be serviced under the new network.

The existing network of 37 routes and variations will be replaced by a simpler, easier to understand network of 21 routes.

Replacing poorly-patronised and lengthy, winding routes that travel via side streets and are difficult for Metro buses to access safely. As part of the move towards operating a 100% wheelchair-accessible fleet, there are some streets currently serviced which are not suited for heavier low-floor buses.

A new cross-city route is proposed, linking the University with Kings Meadows Shops via Mowbray Shops, Invermay, Inveresk, City, Hospital and Six Ways.

Our existing Turn Up and GO service between Mowbray and the City will link with a new high-frequency Turn Up and GO service between the City and Kings Meadows Shopping Centre via Launceston General Hospital and Six Ways.

More consistent departure times will be easier to remember without a timetable.

Travel times on all routes will be re-calculated to better reflect current traffic conditions and improve reliability.

Routes will be scheduled, where possible, to minimise waiting times for people transferring between services in the City

School bus services will be reviewed to maximise the number of general access services available to the whole community. This may require some students to use general access services, or transfer between school buses in the City, or a combination of both in order to travel to and from school.

To make services more direct, walking distances to some routes will increase.

There are some suburb-specific changes included in the proposal:

Northern Suburbs

  • Replacing the Rocherlea loop with a route that is the same in both directions to/from the City.
  • NEW direct service from the University to Kings Meadows via the City and Hospital.

Ravenswood and Waverley

  • A single route from Waverley to the City via Ravenswood.
  • A service linking Ravenswood (Warring St) and the City.

 St Leonards

  • A simplified route between St Leonards and the City via St Leonards Rd and Newstead, with peak direction services to the City via Penquite Rd for access to schools in Norwood.

 Youngtown via Norwood

  • Straightening the route between Youngtown and the City via Norwood and Newstead for faster travel times.
  • Same route numbers for trips to and from the City.

 East Launceston and Punchbowl

  • Same route numbers for trips to and from the City.

Youngtown via Kings Meadows

  • NEW Turn Up and GO high-frequency services between Kings Meadows and the City.
  • NEW direct service from Kings Meadows to Mowbray and University via the City and Hospital.
  • More direct routes from Youngtown Oval and Kings Meadows West to the City.
  • Same route numbers for trips to and from the City.

Prospect, Prospect Vale, Hadspen, Casino and Blackstone Heights

  • Simpler, more direct services via Westbury Rd to improve travel times.
  • A simpler route through Hadspen to improve travel times.
  • A simpler route through Blackstone Heights to improve travel times.
  • Same route numbers for trips to and from the City.

Summerhill and West Launceston

  • Simpler routes to improve travel times.
  • Same route numbers for trips to and from the City.

Riverside and Trevallyn

  • Simpler routes to improve travel times and service frequency.
  • Same route numbers for trips to and from the City.

 

To find out more about the Launceston Network Review, you can:

Email correspondence@metrotas.com.au

Call the Metro Information Hotline on 13 22 01

 

Feedback will be carefully considered and will inform alterations to the network design before we proceed to final planning of routes and timetables. We will also prepare a report on the consultation that will be made available on the Metro website.