Adopt the recommendations made in the 2010 Department of Transport review into Warragul and Drouin bus services
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While the Latrobe Valley has had its bus services increased Drouin goes without a town bus service - the largest regional town in Victoria without one - and Warragul has a minimal service.
Warragul’s weekday services run from 9.15am to 2.45pm with only one bus in operation.
While services connecting the towns do run throughout the day they only make three stops.
A detailed report presented to the Brumby government in November 2010 suggested enormous improvements to Baw Baw’s bus services. The document is not well known – even Warragul Bus Lines general manager Philip Radford had to go through Freedom of Information to get a copy from the former Liberal government.
The report was comprehensive, highlighting issues including:
- a “lack of coverage to… residential areas in Warragul and Drouin,”
- “limited service frequencies [and time] span,”
- “a lack of direct services from all areas to the West Gippsland Hospital,”
- a “lack of coverage to outer-lying communities [including] Buln Buln, Crossover, Jindivick and Poowong,” and
- a “lack of weekend services… and services to Noojee.”
The report’s authors even drafted new timetables for improved services, which included Drouin town services running from around 7am to around 8pm and Warragul town services running to a similar schedule.
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