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Southern region bus services are changing

FROM 20 January 2019, bus passengers in southern Tasmania will have noticed a series of improvements to their public transport network with all bus services in the southern region brought together under one network.

This will make travel simpler and paves the way for the introduction of a single integrated statewide transport network and a common ticketing system.

The focus has been on providing an improved public transport network to provide better access to employment, education and services improving the overall social connectivity of Tasmanians within the budgetary constraints of the government.

One of the key outputs of the review is increasing services to major towns outside of Hobart.

The main benefit that the new network will have for Hobart residents will be the ease of access to the greater region through the consolidation of bus stop use in the CBD interchange.

This means that if passengers want to transfer to and from a Metro urban service onto a Sorell, east coast or New Norfolk service then they will not have far to walk.

All services to and from Sorell, Dodges Ferry/Carlton, the Tasman Peninsula, Campania and Richmond, and Bicheno and Swansea will arrive and depart from the Elizabeth Street (Town Hall) stop.

All Huon Valley services now depart from Stop P (Franklin Square), creating more integrated stop arrangements where Huon Valley, Kingston and Channel services are all accessed from the same location.

All New Norfolk services now pick up passengers at Stop E and F (Elizabeth Street Bus Mall), the same location where Metro Main Road services depart.

For a more detailed list of service changes, visit www.transport.tas.gov.au.

New timetables and route maps are now available online.

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