Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes has announced improved bus services for Kilmore.

Kilmore residents are set for a more reliable and convenient journey home on public transport with the State Government announcing improvements to the town’s bus services.

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said the buses would run on more days each week and along better routes – and a new flexible Link Bus service will be introduced to meet evening commuters coming from trains so people can get home sooner.

From October, V/Line passengers disembarking at Kilmore station after 5pm on weekdays will have access to Link Bus, which will wait at the station for up to 20 minutes from the scheduled arrival of trains to allow passengers transferring to Kilmore buses time to make their connections.

Routes in Kilmore will also be extended to reach services like The Kilmore and District Hospital and the Coles, Aldi and new Woolworths shopping precinct, and cover more parts of town including the south-east’s growing residential area.

Residents along Centenary Drive will also be able to access public transport for the first time.

In total, the changes will mean 58 new services introduced in Kilmore including 15 Saturday services for the first time, eight extra services on Monday to Thursdays and 11 extra services on Fridays to help buses meet popular late-night trains from the city.

Ms Symes said the new services would start from October 26.

The details and times will be available on the PTV journey planner from September 25 to help people plan their travel.

“We’ve heard the community loud and clear – we’re extending the Kilmore bus network and introducing more seamless transfers between trains and buses to get locals home sooner,” she said.

“We know many residents in our communities rely on our public transport network and introducing the new Link Bus service will mean they can get where they need to go as easily as possible.”