Catching a bus in Altona is now quicker and more convenient thanks to the installation of a new bus lane on Millers Road between Beuron and Duosa Roads, Minister for Roads Terry Mulder said today.
"This $260,000 bus improvement project will cut travel times for Altona North residents travelling to work, school, the markets or Altona Gate Shopping Centre," Mr Mulder said.
"Bus lanes can improve the reliability and efficiency of bus trips, which in turn encourages more people to take up public transport."
Six services, including one Smartbus service, will benefit from the new bus lane.
Almost five hundred buses per day will travel on the new lane from Altona North to Queen Victoria Market and through Newport, Yarraville, Williamstown, Footscray, Sunshine, Altona and Mordialloc.
Mr Mulder said the project included traffic light improvements, new signs and red pavement painting to highlight the bus lane from Beuron Road to the entrance of Altona Gate Shopping Centre.
New detector loops on Millers Road will prioritise northbound bus movements and left turn only lanes into Duosa Road (northbound) and Marigold Avenue and Cyclamen Avenue (southbound) were also installed.
Member for Western Metropolitan Region Bernie Finn welcomed the investment.
"This is another example of our real commitment to serve the needs of the local community by providing better public transport in Altona,’’ Mr Finn said.
"The support of both local residents and Hobsons Bay City Council for these new bus lanes is greatly appreciated."