What we are asking

Building on the achievements of our Better Buses campaign:

  • Continued review of public transport provision by the Department of Transport and improvements to the bus network (including express services).
  • Provision of a cross-Peninsula bus service as soon as possible.
  • Integration of a bus transport hub to support staged rail electrification beyond Frankston.

What makes this unique

Most of our residents still don’t have adequate access to bus services – an incredible 82% of the Peninsula is not serviced by public transport.

Inadequate or non-existent public transport is stopping our community from accessing employment and educational opportunities, as well as crucial health and social services.

We have significant levels of social disadvantage which are compounded by lack of adequate public transport.

The long timeframe for potential electrification of rail onto the Mornington Peninsula means the significance of buses for local public transport is crucial.

Public Transport on the Mornington Peninsula is suffering greatly from a prolonged legacy of under-investment. Public transport issues faced on the Mornington Peninsula include:

  • The Mornington Peninsula has the second lowest provision of public transport per person in metropolitan Melbourne.
  • Two out of three of the peninsula’s Major Activity Centres are not serviced by train and rely on bus services – the only metropolitan municipality in the state with this situation.
  • 6.3 million visitors annually and only 18% of the Peninsula is serviced by public transport.
  • The Route 788 bus carries over half a million passengers annually with current frequencies from 45 minutes to 100 minutes.
  • More than 50,000 residents are over the age of 60, with many facing challenges with social isolation.

With public transport across Victoria being controlled and managed by the state government, Mornington Peninsula Shire continues to push for improved public transport for its residents, businesses and visitors.

The Shire, alongside its community, needs to voice current challenges being experienced by public transport users to the state government and encourage them to take action.

We have been advocating for a cross-Peninsula public bus service between Hastings and Mornington for over a decade.

The unique urban and rural mix of townships on the Mornington Peninsula means the significance placed by the community on a cross-Peninsula service is high.

There are pockets of significant disadvantage across the Peninsula:

  • Residents of six towns on the Mornington Peninsula suffer housing stress higher than the Australian average, 33% of Peninsula residents suffer rental stress.
  • Our median weekly household income is $1,276, much less than Greater Melbourne’s of $1,542.
  • 16% of our young people leave school early and 36% of our residents are disengaged with work or education, compared to 27% of Greater Melbourne.

Improving and developing the reliability of transport options between and within townships will unlock employment, health and educational opportunities.

Public transport emerged as a clear priority for our community through the Community Vision engagement process.

Our community will benefit from transport and economic benefits, with a reduction of car dependency, better connectivity and access to jobs, education, services and amenity across the Mornington Peninsula and beyond.

Workers from other areas seeking to gain employment on the Peninsula - particularly over the summer months in key sectors such as tourism, hospitality and healthcare - find the lack of connectivity by public transport a disincentive.

One of the biggest barriers to Mornington Peninsula businesses throughout COVID-19 continues to be access to a skilled workforce across a range of local industries.

An 18km journey across the Peninsula from Hastings to Mornington currently takes nearly two hours by bus, due to lack of local bus connections.

The lack of public transport between our Westernport and Port Phillip Bay townships means for residents who can’t drive, it is often easier to access work, healthcare and other activities in Frankston rather than within their own municipality.

Our online survey revealed 63% of respondents saw a cross-Peninsula service as a significant issue - and 79% said they would use this service if available.

Buses are acknowledged as a vital part of Victoria’s integrated transport system by the State Government. Victoria's Bus Plan (launched this year) sets out how the State Government will start to deliver a modern, productive, environmentally sustainable bus network that increases the number of people choosing to take the bus by delivering simple, safe, reliable and comfortable journeys and supported by the Zero Emission bus project.

There is support from key groups including the Committee for Greater Frankston, Committee for Mornington Peninsula, Port of Hastings, Township resident associations, Chambers of Commerce, the Department of Transport and Public Transport Victoria.

Theme 3: A flourishing, healthy and connected community - public transport will connect communities and townships Integrating with a transport hub would make public transport more reliable and reduce car dependency.

To assist us in pursuing public transport improvements across the Peninsula, we are asking the community to write to the Minister for Public Transport about the times you have been impacted by public transport on the Peninsula.


The Hon. Ben Carroll MP, Minister for Public Transport
Level 22, 1 Spring Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

The following questions may help you in writing your own letter to the Minister.

  • What the proposed route improvements would mean to you?
  • Would you be more likely to use buses if they were more frequent and reliable?
  • Have you ever been left behind by a bus on the Peninsula?
  • What other bus upgrades would you like to see on the Peninsula? Example; a cross peninsula bus service (to and from), on demand bus services (where would you use this on the Peninsula).

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