Last night the stage 2 meeting for the Boroondara/Glen Eira/Stonnington bus review was held at Toorak/South Yarra library. Again, I was rather impressed by the network that was presented. A key focus was to make routes north-south or east-west along arterial roads, which in turn compliments the tram network in the inner suburbs.
I've summarised the proposals below. Obviously there was some overlap with the Bayside/Kingston stage 2 meeting that was held a few weeks ago, but I thought I'd repeat them here too. (The plans for both review areas are mirrored).
Route will no longer operate between Bulleen and Shoppingtown, as the patronage doesn't warrant the duplication with 305 & 903.
Revised route at Kew. From Kew Junction it will operate via Princess Street, Willsmere Road, Earl Street South and Valerie St to East Kew. This will avoid duplication with 48 tram on Doncaster Road.
202 / 302:
202 deleted, with all existing trips extended to/from the City via 302. No more hourly offpeak service on 302!
Replaced by upgraded 313. This however means there will be no freeway bus along the short-section of Bulleen Road between Eastern Freeway and Doncaster Road,
Revised route at Kew. From Kew Junction it will operate via Princess Street, Willsmere Road, Earl Street South and Valerie St to East Kew. This will avoid duplication with 48 tram on Doncaster Road. It is also planned that the 207 will terminate at Shoppingtown, to avoid duplicating the 307 and 902, both of which will run at Smartbus standard.
Split into two separate routes in City. Southern half truncated at Elsternwick, with 923 providing coverage to Elsternwick - Brighton Beach section (although part of New Street will now be unserved). Suggested to terminate in City at Queen Victoria Market.
Also split into two separate routes in City. Southern half truncated at Elsternwick. However, it will not follow the 216 into the city. It will instead continue up Williams Rd, then via Toorak Rd, St Kida Rd, Park Street, Clarendon St and Spencer St to terminate at Spencer/Lonsdale Streets. This will provide a direct link from South Melbourne to South Yarra. Depending on the stage 2 feedback, the 216 and 220 could also be re-routed via South Melbourne.
As per 216 / 219 plans, its proposed 220 will be split in the City and now terminate at Elsternwick. 605 & 627 will still provide coverage south of Glenhuntly Road. There was also a option to run the Orrong Road bus to Burnley instead...see under New Route "AC".
Route to become a direct link from Box Hill to Latrobe Uni. At Doncaster Park+Ride it will head up the Eastern Freeway to Bulleen Road, then run along Bulleen Road, Manningham Road, Banksia Street, Bell-Banksia Link, Bell Street and Waterdale Road. Its not planned to operate via Heidleberg station, as there is already the 551 to pick up passengers here.
The loop around North Balwyn will be simplifed, and no longer will the route double-back on itself.
The section between Templestowe and Doncaster Park+Ride will be deleted, as its largely covered by 309. The route would operate full time, and not a few peak trips, in order to replace 203.
Proposed extension from Cotham Road (Deepdene) to Victoria Gardens Shopping Centre via Burke and Barkers Road. This would also provide improved coverage from Ivanhoe etc to the numerous schools in Kew.
Extended from Gardenvale to Middle Brighton. No longer runs via Rose St or Orrong Rd, now running direct via Toorak & Kooyong Rds. The new "AC" route would enhance the grid in this area.
Proposed to be proper cross-town route from Northland to Camberwell. It would replace the current 567 along Albert Street and Station Street between Northland and Fairfield, before following the current 609 to Kew/Hawthorn. However, instead of running to Hawthorn Station, it would head up Burwood Road to Camberwelll, just like the old 608.
Largely unchanged, other than to follow the same route as 281 & 302 between Box Hill Station and Box Hill Hospital.
Re-routed from Glen Eira Road and Kambrook Road to operate via Caulfield. It would then follow run down Queens Avenue, Nerrim Road and Poath Road to Chadstone, replacing the 624 Carnegie trips. Princes Highway already well served by 627, 822 and 900. No changes east of Chadstone.
Drastic changes. The (East) Kew - Caulfield section would be retained as a local route. Route 623 will replace it between Caulfield and Chadstone via Nerrim Road, while the Darling Road section would served by new route "A" and extended 734. The Chastone - Holmesglen - Oakleigh section is retained as new separate route, but with major routing changes. From Holmesglen, it will run the full length of Power Avenue to Waverley Road, then run along Waverley Road, Atkinson Street, Oak Park Drive, Carrol Grove, Stanley Street, Ferntree Gully Road, Huntingdale Road, Burlington Street to Oakleigh. Probably too indirect, although reinstating a route on Oak Park Drive would be nice (the old 622 used to have deviation along here).
Split into 2 routes. 627 will run from Elsternwick - Chadstone via Carnegie, while the other half will run Chadstone - Middle Brighton via Hughesdale, McKinnon and East Brigthon. 627 no longer operates via Ormond station, instead crossing the railway line at Dorothy Ave. It also now runs via Hughesdale Station instead of Oakleigh Station.
Extended from Elwood to St Kilda, to replace 600/922/923 and provide direct link from St Kilda to Monash Uni.
Alerted route in East Bentleigh, incorporating current 822 on Marlborough Road. Extended from Bentleigh to Middle Brighton via Bewer & Marriage Road, to replace 823. Some very minor route changes also suggested at Oakleigh end. Will provide a direct link from Oakleigh to Monash Medical Centre Moorabbin.
Some changes to route at Brighton end - no longer operates along Bay Street (North Brighton Station).
Extended from Glen Iris to Caulfield via High Street and Burke Road. This would of course provide a direct link from Cauflield to Ashburon (and a 2nd direct route to Glen Waverley, in addition to 623.)
Extended from Burwood to Glen Waverley along Highbury Road, Gyton Avenue, Willow Avenue, Medina Ave, High Street Road and Snedden Drive and Railway Parade North. Provides a direct link from Surrey Hills to Glen Waverley, although somewhat indirect from Box Hill.
Now runs direct along Bignell Road between South & Centre Roads in East Bentleigh. They have already had discussions with Vicroads about the possibility of modifying the intersection of South Road and Bignell Road to allow buses to do this right-hand turn. No other changes to the route.
Current route from Dandenong to Springvale then runs to Mordialloc, via Windsor Ave, Regent Ave, Donald St, Gavin Dr, Heatherton Rd, Tootal Rd, Centre Dandenong Rd, Howard Rd, Lower Dandenong Rd, Woodlands Dr, Malcolm Rd, White Street, Treeby Street, McDonald Street. This provides new coverage to unserved parts of Woodlands Park Industral Estate and Epsom housing estate.
Basically as is, but now runs along Hampton Street instead of Roslyn Street in Brighton.
Shortened to run from Southland to Chadstone. Bay Rd section replaced by 828. Jack & Park Rds section replaced by 631. Runs direct along East Boundary Road in East Bentleigh, with 701 picking up the Marlborough Rd section.
Changed to become a direct route from Elsternwick to Mordialloc via Nepean Hwy. 701 will replace Marriage Rd section in East Brighton.
Now runs direct between Clayton & Westall via Centre Rd and Westall Rd, with extended 704 running via the back streets. Possible extension from Parkmore to Dandenong via Cheltenham Road, Bennet Street and Railway Parade.
Extended to commence at Caulfield and run via Grange and Jasper Rds to Moorabbin. Mentone - Southland section deleted. One justification made was that this would provide links to Caulfield to get a train to the city, instead of passengers having to fight to get on overcrowded and infrequent trains between Moorabbin and Glenhuntly!
New route "A":
Chadstone - Tooronga Village/Coles HQ. Runs via Chadstone Road, Waverley Road, Darling Road, Malvern Road, Wattletree Road, Burke Road, Carroll Crescent and Tooronga Road. Partly replaces route 624 via Darling, and provides connections from 3, 5, 6 & 72 tram terminuses to Chadstone.
New route "AC"
As a possible alternative to running the southern half of the 220 into the City, they suggested extending it north to Victoria Gardens Shopping Centre, via Burnley Station, aka the old 607. That is, continuing up Orrong Road, then St Georges Road, Grange Road, Twickeham Cresent, Barkly Avenue and Burnley Street. I'm guessing if it was decided that the 220 was to still to continue into the CIty, this route would simply be Toorak - Victoria Gardens Shopping Centre, which would still be a useful link.
New route 'M":
Direct bus from Camberwell to Heathmont via Canterbury Road, via Forest Hill and Brentford Square Shopping Centres.
As routes 246, 301, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308, 309, 316, 318, 319, 340, 350, 684, 742, 800, 802, 804 & 862 aren't really in the review area, plans for these routes were not mentioned, even though they are listed on the DoT website as being part of this review.
Other than the absence of a direct bus from Camberwell to Caulfield, and along Toorak Road between the 8 & 75, the proposals overall were fantastic!