SMART loop – put buses on the Suburban Rail Loop Route
The Suburban Rail Loop (‘SRL’) project will provide Victoria with orbital public transport infrastructure to better connect businesses, individuals, education and communities.
Geotechnical Investigations are currently underway as part of Stage 1 to determine the underground soil makeup to ensure tunnelling can occur safely.
At this stage, investigations on a number of roads in Clayton, Glen Waverley, Cheltenham and Box Hill have been completed.
With construction of Stage 1 set commence in 2022, now is the time to start implementing SMART buses to encourage orbital movement on public transport.
Before COVID-19, some of Melbourne’s busiest bus routes were orbital routes where trains currently do not run. SRL Smart Buses is one way to boost confidence in the project as well as address the every growing demand for orbital movement. The existing bus routes are only roughly parallel to the proposed SRL route but fail to connect major train stations, universities and other facilities on a single path.
Putting Smart Buses on the SRL path is now more than ever a smart way to reduce substantial crowding problems and address the much-needed frequency upgrades on these bus routes. It would also see the benefits of the SRL become visible ten years earlier than when Stage One is proposed to open.
Some suggested SRL Smart Buses could be upgrading the 733 route between Box Hill and Clayton to a Smart Bus. The 733 route currently sees an average boarding of 65 passengers per bus service hour between Monday to Friday and at peak times runs every 15 minutes. Similarly, it is proposed that a Smart Bus connect Melbourne Airport with Sunshine and another is place on 737 Monash University to Knox City. These routes have substantial interests and an express Smart Bus service would provide the reliability to increase patronage.
SRL Smart Buses is more than just a test for the SRL. Rather it is a way to provide long lasting connections that are reliable, efficient and effective.
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Pre-construction works are gathering pace for Melbourne’s Suburban Rail Loop, and three construction companies are vying to deliver the first phase of construction. CPB Contractors, John Holland and Laing O’Rourke are lining up to deliver the first phase of construction on the mega project.
Normal text size Larger text size Very large text size The Andrews government’s flagship Suburban Rail Loop project will not be a continuous line connecting Melbourne’s western and south-eastern suburbs, with commuters forced to change trains at least once to complete the 90-kilometre journey.
The Victorian Government has committed $2.2 billion for initial and early works on Stage One of the Suburban Rail Loop – the biggest rail project ever built in Victoria.
Eastern Metro MP Rod Barton has asked the Minister for Public Transport to put SMARbuses on the route of the suburban rail loop.
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