Due to the network redesign of the General Access services by the Department of State Growth from New Norfolk to Hobart due to commence on the 2oth January 2019 the Department have also made changes to School Bus Services from New Norfolk to the Northern Suburbs and Hobart schools in consultation with Derwent Valley Link. Here is a quick summary of the changes:
New Student Only Service to New Town High, Ogilvie, Sacred Heart and New Town Primary. There will be a new direct service from New Norfolk to the schools noted above. The service will be tailored to meet the specific needs of these students and will provide a more direct route and shorter travel times than has been the case with students accessing the General Access Services in the past.
New Norfolk to Dominic College. This service will remain mostly unchanged with only some minor route changes at New Norfolk.
Claremont College and St Virgil’s Austins Ferry. This service will remain mostly unchanged with only some minor route changes at New Norfolk.
New Norfolk to Hobart via Boyer Rd. This service will become a student only service that will travel via the Main Rd corridor providing pick ups and drop offs at all schools along the route including Sacred Heart (Clare St) and terminate at St Mary’s College. The service will commence at St Mary’s College in the afternoon. St Mary’s College and Elizabeth College will also be serviced by the 15:19pm X22 Express General Access Service to provide a more direct route and less travel time.
Ellendale to New Norfolk, Northern Suburbs and Dominic College. This service will become a student only service. It will remain mostly unchanged. It will no longer depart from Sacred Heart, New Town in the afternoon as this school will have its own student only service to New Norfolk. It will depart from Dominic College in the afternoon. There will be better and more connecting services at the New Norfolk Bus Station. X22 and New Town Student Only service will connect for transfers in the morning and afternoon.
All services will depart from the Fairview Shop in Benjamin Terrace. Warner Avenue will no longer be serviced. The route from the Fairview Shop around Fairview will remain the same. On the New Norfolk town side Grey and Humphrey Sts will no longer be serviced (Except Claremont College AM service for New Norfolk High students).
Links to route maps and timetables will be available on our website before the commencement of the 2019 school year once the Department of State Growth have finalised them.
More express services (X22) during weekday peak periods, with express services travelling via the Brooker Highway between Glenorchy and Hobart
Creation of an all stops service, which will be able to pick up and drop off passengers along the Main Road corridor between Granton and Hobart. Some passengers may need to transfer at Glenorchy if they want to travel to Hobart during the weekday interpeak (9AM-3PM) and on weekends
A more integrated service with both New Norfolk and northern suburb residents able to use both O’Driscolls and Metro services, New Norfolk services will supplement Metro turn up and go services which means northern suburb residents can use the New Norfolk service to get to Hobart. New Norfolk residents will also be able to use a Metro bus to travel between Hobart and Glenorchy and transfer onto a connecting New Norfolk bus
Creation of a more direct routein New Norfolk, which will result in quicker and more direct travel for passengers. The service will no longer travel via Warner Avenue or Grey/Humphrey Streets. Passengers will need to access the bus from Benjamin Terrace or George Street.
A significant increase in the frequency of services
On average buses will depart every 30 minutes during peak times and hourly for the rest of the day
There will be an hourly service on Saturday and Sunday
35 services on school days
24 services on Saturday and 18 on Sunday
There will be additional student only services which will transport students to Hobart based schools
Hobart CBD stop changes, New Norfolk services will pick up passengers at stop E and F (Elizabeth Street bus mall) this allows services to be integrated with Metro Main Road services. Services will no longer pick up at town hall (Elizabeth Street). Services will continue to drop off passengers at Collins Street
Glenorchy bus mall stop changes, New Norfolk services will drop off and pick up passengers at stop J and H on the way to Hobart. Services will continue to pick up passengers at stop C to New Norfolk
The Boyer Road service will become a student only service, due to low adult patronage. Adult passengers will either need to catch the New Norfolk service at New Norfolk (Fairview) or Metro services at Bridgewater.
*a service is a one way trip, so 10 services usually means five return trips
The existing service will run until the start of the new school year, on 6 February 2019 the service will become student only. This means that only students can use the service
Bothwell is proposed to be serviced by an Area Connectservice (in place of bus services) which will better suit the needs of the community
Kempton, Bagdad and Mangalore residents will need to use the intercity (Launceston to Hobart) service. A new intercity timetable will be introduced in mid-2019 improving the frequency of these services to eight weekday services, including an early morning and late afternoon service. Until the new intercity timetable comes into effect, residents living in these areas will be able to access the proposed Area Connect service as well as the existing intercity services
Brighton and Pontville residents will need to use the Metro bus service, if they are travelling between Hobart and Pontville