Coinciding with the new V/Line timetable from 29 January, connecting bus services at these locations received revised timetables:
- Campberdown – Timboon intertown service (Pope’s)
- Geelong area: Routes 1, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25 & 43 (CDC Geelong)
Routes 19, 30, 31, 32, 40, 41, 42, 50, 51, 55, 56 & 61 (McHarrys)
- Lara: Routes 10, 11 & 12 (CDC Geelong)
- Kilmore East: Town Service (Mitchell Transit)
- Melton: Routes 453, 455, 457, 458 & 459 (Sita)
- Pakenham – Koo Wee Rup feeder service (Kingston’s)
- Wallan: Town Service (Mitchell Transit)
- Wyndham area: Routes 150, 151, 153, 160, 161, 166, 167, 170, 180, 181, 190, 191, 192, 439 & 443 (CDC Melbourne)
In many cases run times in Geelong, Lara and Wyndham Vale were adjusted to better reflect actual journey times, including cases where as much as 10 mins runtime has been slashed, thus avoiding mid-trip dwells and improve efficiency.
Route 56 (Geelong – Queenscliff via Ocean Grove) gains additional school time trips ex Geelong at 0756 (plugging a 3 hour gap) and ex Queenscliff at 1506 (plugging a 2 hour gap)
Connections on Route 190 (Werribee – Wyndham Vale) for travel to/from Geelong were largely been standardised at 5 mins in either direction – in the initial June 2015 timetable transfer times varied, with longer connections of up to 10 mins common. This change strengthens the primarily role of the route after Geelong trains were rerouted via the Regional Rail Link in 2015. The consequence however is poorer connections with trains to/from Melbourne at both Wyndham Vale and Werribee and lower vehicle efficiency, particularly in the evenings.
FAPAS St Kilda stops dropped
SkyBus made changes to their Frankston and Peninsula Airport Shuttle service from 6 February. Stops in St Kilda will be removed to encourage people onto their St Kilda Express route, although plans to drop the once daily return service to the peninsula towns of Dromana and Rosebud was later aborted – had these changes gone ahead, these trips would have started and ended at Mornington.
SkyBus has also recently established a partnership with Virgin’s Velocity Frequent Flyer loyalty program enabling SkyBus passengers to earn points when using the City – Tullamarine Airport service (this offer does not apply on the St Kilda or FAPAS routes).