New SkyBus Contract Putting Passengers First

04 June 2018

The Andrews Labor Government has overhauled the contracts for Melbourne’s airport bus services to improve services and put passengers first.

Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today announced the Labor Government has signed a consolidated contract with SkyBus to deliver new services under a performance based contract.

SkyBus has partnered with the Government on a new contract which will drive more and better services for passengers.

More than 3.8 million trips are taken on SkyBus services each year, with the services supporting around 330 local jobs. The new contract provides more flexibility and expands services where they are needed most, Melbourne’s growing outer suburbs.

The Western Express will commence as a new 60-minute frequency service operating 7 days per week, between the hours of 7am and 7pm. Additional service and reliability improvements to the revamped Peninsula Express service will include simplified fares, a new ‘turn-up-and-go’ service, additional Rosebud and Mornington services and new stops at Mordialloc and Mentone.

SkyBus will deliver fare price savings for Peninsula passengers with the introduction of a cheaper standard family fare, including free travel for kids. The newly consolidated contract also allows the government the ability to introduce an airport rail line between the Melbourne CBD and Tullamarine Airport.

SkyBus, with its dedicated Melbourne Airport to City express airport bus service, has operated for 40 years. The AATS Group operate SkyBus services, with an annual passenger growth averaging 6% per year.

Commencing on 1 July 2018, SkyBus will introduce a new Werribee-to-Melbourne Airport service (via Tarneit), that will provide passengers in the western suburbs of Melbourne with a direct link to the airport.

The new contracts commence on 1 July 2018 and will run for ten years if the operator meets strict performance targets. Contract negotiations with other bus operators are progressing as planned and are expected to be finalised before the end of June 2018.

The Victorian Budget 2018/19 included $50 million to kick start work for a fast rail link from Geelong to Melbourne, as well as creating a rail pathway to Melbourne Airport.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan

“We’ve delivered a new contract that will modernise, expand and upgrade Melbourne’s airport bus services to deliver more services to passengers.”

“Our new airport bus service contract puts passengers first when it comes to airport bus service planning and delivery.”

Quote attributable to Treasurer and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas

“This is great news for people out west, with the new service between Melbourne Airport and Werribee directly connecting passengers between Tullamarine and Melbourne’s growing western suburbs for the first time.”

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