RESIDENTS in Romsey and Lancefield will soon be able to get around the Macedon Ranges with ease, with three new bus routes and extra services announced on Wednesday.

The three routes will provide dedicated services for Lancefield to Sunbury, Lancefield to Gisborne and Romsey to Kyneton by splitting the current Lancefield to Kyneton via Sunbury service.

Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas made the announcement at the Romsey Neighbourhood House that next year, the new routes will give passengers a bus network that is easier to understand and use.

Dividing the routes will allow passengers to get where they need to go sooner, without confusion.

The changes will improve travel between Kyneton, Romsey, Lancefield, Riddells Creek, Gisborne and Sunbury.

All three routes will travel between Lancefield and Romsey in both directions, greatly increasing connectivity between the neighbouring towns.

The new routes will have extra services added each week to provide a consistent weekly timetable, give more travel options and improve connections with trains where possible.

The new Lancefield to Sunbury route will run 12 return services each week day and three return trips on Saturdays, while both Romsey to Kyneton and Lancefield to Gisborne services will operate two return services per day, Monday to Saturday.

Bus services will operate on the Lancefield to Sunbury line from 6.20am to 8pm on weekdays and from 8am to 6.30pm on Saturdays, on the Romsey to Kyneton line from 9am to 2.30pm on weekdays and from 10.30am to 12.30pm on Saturdays, and on the Lancefield to Gisborne line from 9.30am to 2pm on weekdays and from 11am to 4.30pm on Saturdays.

Ms Thomas said the bus service is about seeing more people be able to use the service to get to where they need to go.

“We have a lot of people that might want to catch the bus to either Clarkefield or Sunbury station, we’ve got kids that need to get to Sunbury for school, but of course, we’ve also got people that want to go shopping in Gisborne or Kyneton or to a medical appointment so we’re making sure the timetable’s clear, easily understood and people can not only get where they’re going but come back home again,” she said.

“We’re better connecting Romsey and Lancefield to train stations and other towns for work, health care, shopping and education.”

A fact sheet outlining the changes is available on the PTV website. Timetables and journey planning information will be available one month before the changes begin. To plan your journey visit ptv.vic.gov.au

A map of the new bus routes can be found on page 2.

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