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Changes to bus services in southern Tasmania

Following a review by the  Department of State Growth, some bus routes and timetables in southern Tasmania are changing from 20 January 2019.

There will be changes to Metro services in South Arm, Seven Mile Beach and the Channel. In order to integrate with the changes, some other routes will have minor timetable changes.

For more information on how the changes will affect the Metro network, click on the tabs below.


The Department of State Growth purchases, and therefore determines, routes and timetables for school bus and general access public transport services in Tasmania. The changes will affect all passenger transport operators, including Metro.

To learn more about the review, click here.


 

There are minor alterations to departure times in both directions for Eastern Shore services during evenings, and all-day on Sundays and public holidays, to improve the ability of customers to connect in Hobart City to/from other services. Departure times from the City for Eastern Shore services on evenings and Sundays will be more consistent as a result.

  1. Weekday services consolidated to allow for increased weekend coverage, including new services on Sundays and public holidays.
  2. Route X45 to/from Clifton Beach will be withdrawn.
  3. Route X44 will operate a single return journey on school days only. The inbound service to the City will now set down at Rosny Park Interchange, in addition to the existing limited stops for Clarence High, Rosny College and Rose Bay High.
  4. Route 646 will now operate via Clifton Beach Terminus, as well as Cremorne.
  5. The morning Route X45 via Mackillop College will be replaced by school bus Route 345AM operated by Metro from Clifton Beach to Mackillop via Cremorne and Shoreline.

The current four afternoon school buses to South Arm will be consolidated into three, with some re-routing as a consequence.

Preview the new timetable here.

  1. Inter-peak frequency on weekdays will reduce from hourly to every two hours.
  2. The 5.26pm Route 664/665 from Rosny Park to Seven Mile Beach via Cambridge will be withdrawn. The 5pm service from the City to Lauderdale will instead run as Route 635 and extend from Lauderdale to Seven Mile Beach.
  3. The 9.22am weekdays Route 664 from Seven Mile Beach to Rosny Park will instead commence from Acton Park at 8.50am as Route 665, and depart Seven Mile Beach for Rosny Park at 9.06am as Route 664.

Preview the new timetable here.

  1. Routes and timetables will be adjusted to incorporate the “missing link” on Oceana Drive, and recent extension of services to the new terminus.
  2. More services will run to/from the City as Route 615 via Tranmere Rd, including all evening and weekend services.
  3. Routes 616 and X16 will continue to operate on weekdays. Route 616 will now travel via The Bluff, and inter-peak services will start and end at Rosny Park. Both routes will use the “missing link” on Oceana Dr and will no longer travel via Skala Rd.
  4. Howrah Heights via Waverley St (Route 606) will change its terminus at Shoreline to the stop on Clarence St outside Woolworths. All Route 606 services will start and end at the Woolworths stop.
  5. Route 605 will be re-routed to operate via the Tasman Hwy, Liverpool St, Elizabeth St, New Town Rd and Main Rd. It will no longer travel via the Domain Hwy and Risdon Rd (AM) or Tower Rd (PM). Route 605 will continue to extend to/from St Virgil’s College on school days, and departure times en-route will change. Please note the service will operate via limited stops between Elizabeth St and Glenorchy in both directions.

Preview the new timetable here.

  1. Evening services to Risdon Vale that currently operate as Route 694 from Rosny Park will instead travel to and from the City as Route 695.
  2. Route 684 from Rosny Park to Geilston Bay via Derwent Ave will now depart from Rosny Park Interchange Stop B, instead of Stop D.

Preview the new timetable here.

Metro will no longer operate to Cygnet. Cygnet will continue to be serviced by Tassielink, travelling via Huonville.

The 4.25pm school days Route 411 service from Hobart to Howden will be withdrawn. The 7.20am inwards and 5.35pm outwards services will continue to operate.

Preview the new timetable here.

  1. Routes 416 and 417 will run on school days only.
  2. Routes 416 and 417 will travel via Snug Beach (Charlton St) and Margate Beach (Incana Rd) in both directions.

Preview the new timetable here.

  1. New services will operate on Sundays and public holidays.
  2. Departure times for most weekday and Saturday services will be adjusted.
  3. The outbound Route 415 bus departing Hobart at 7.50am that services Woodbridge School will be withdrawn. Woodbridge School’s morning service will instead be operated by a private school bus contractor. The afternoon service will continue to be operated by Metro, departing Woodbridge at 3.35pm.

Preview the new timetable here.

  1. Routes 416 and 417 from Middleton and Gordon will operate via Snug Beach (Charlton St), in addition to Routes 413 and 415.
  2. New services will operate on Sundays and public holidays.

Preview the new timetable here.

  1. Increased service frequency, particularly in the inter-peak, evenings and weekends (including services on Sundays and public holidays).
  2. Routes 416 and 417 from Middleton and Gordon will now operate via Margate Beach (Incana Rd).
  3. Route 412 services to/from Hobart will be augmented by Route 412 shuttles travelling to/from Kingston, while Saturday services will include a new Route 422 which travels via Taroona.
  4. Outbound Route 412 services terminating at Margate Beach will use a new terminal loop. Buses will travel via the existing route to Bundalla Rd, then [R] Jacaranda Dr, [L] Brigalow St, [L] Incana Rd to terminate at the inwards stop before Bundalla Rd. Inbound services will commence from the Incana Rd stop.

Preview the new timetable here.

Some departure times in the City have been adjusted to allow more boarding time at Franklin Square.

A new timetable will be available soon.

  1. Route 429 will now terminate at Summerleas. The morning service through to St Aloysius College will continue to operate.
  2. Huntingfield will be serviced only by Channel Routes 412 to 417, and Route 422 on Saturdays.

Preview the new Kingston via Southern Outlet timetable here, and the Kingston via Channel Hwy timetable here.

The new Blackmans Bay timetable can be previewed here.

There are no changes to departure points for Metro services in Hobart City. However, services to destinations such as New Norfolk and the Huon Valley will begin sharing stops with Metro in the bus mall and Franklin Square.

Route 684 from Rosny Park to Geilston Bay will change its departure point from Rosny Park Interchange Stop D to Stop B.

There are no changes to departure points for Metro services in Glenorchy Interchange.

There are no changes to departure points for Metro services at Kingston Central.

There are some changes to school bus services operated by Metro from the beginning of the 2019 school year. Affected schools have been contacted directly by Metro to inform them of any changes that apply.

Information on routes and timetables for specific schools can be found by visiting the Metro school services page.

For school bus services operated by companies other than Metro, please refer to the Department of State Growth.