The Andrews Labor Government is improving connectivity and accessibility in Kilmore with the introduction of Sunday bus services.

The Victorian Budget 2022-23 allocates more than $600,000 to introduce the extra services, providing locals with seven-days-a-week travel options and more freedom and flexibility to work, shop and play.

The Sunday services, which are expected to begin running next year, will be coordinated to link up to train services at Kilmore East station, enabling easier access to and from Melbourne on Sundays to enjoy the football and other sporting and cultural activities.

The new Kilmore bus services have been added to the network based on community feedback and understanding travel needs of the booming Kilmore region. Kilmore’s population is increasing rapidly, and this investment will keep pace with this growth and unlock the continued improvements to the Shepparton Line.

These upgrades are supported by $108.5 million in the Victorian Budget 2022-23 to deliver Victoria’s Bus Plan which will improve Victoria’s suburban and regional bus services and bus stops.  The investment in improving Kilmore’s bus network comes on top of a $9.4 million upgrade already underway to the train signalling system between Craigieburn and Seymour to enable trains to run closer together – meaning more trains, more often.

More than $7 million in track improvement works are currently underway, including replacing more than 20 kilometres of rail between Wallan and Broadford, to ensure V/Line can continue to offer safe, comfortable and reliable services to passengers.

As part of Stage 2 of the Shepparton Line Upgrade, improved detection technology at eight level crossings between Donnybrook and Seymour will enable modern VLocity trains to travel to Shepparton for the first time after works are complete in late 2022.

Planning and consultation for the new Sunday bus services will begin in the coming months.

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“Kilmore is booming, which is why we’re introducing Sunday services to give everyone more options and flexibility to get out and around town.”

“The extra services will deliver a daily bus service for Kilmore – something we know people have been wanting for a long time.”

“I look forward to working with everyone in the community to ensure the new services are planned to meet everyone’s needs and to see the first bus take passengers next year.”