More students in the City of Whittlesea will be able to catch a bus to school from 2024, with two new and improved school bus services to be introduced next year.

The two new services to be introduced in the City of Whittlesea will be Wollert to Wollert Secondary College, and Donnybrook via Kalkallo, Mickleham and Craigieburn to Mount Ridley College.

The additional services will target new schools in growth areas where student demand is high and where school bus services can be introduced, expanded or rerouted to cater for increasing demand.

Minister for Public Transport Ben Carroll said the introduction of new school bus services would help support growing populations across Victoria.

“We’re giving Victorian parents and students better access to school bus services in the regional and metropolitan growth areas where there is high demand, and they are needed most,” he said.

“Through Victoria’s Bus Plan we’re delivering a modern, productive, environmentally sustainable bus network that increases the number of people choosing to take the bus.”

The four-year program is part of the State Government’s $109 million investment announced in the Victorian Budget 2022-23 to improve bus services in growing areas.

The funding also supports Victoria’s Bus Plan to meet demand, enhance accessibility and performance, and deliver better value for money for all passengers.

New services part of the program are expected to be introduced over the next 24 months, with most services to start in time for the 2024 school year.