The iconic community bus service along Hope Street in Brunswick will return early next year, Member for Brunswick, Jane Garrett, announced today.

The important local service will begin running again on 4 January 2016 after an absence of more than three years from the streets of Brunswick.

The Route 509 Hope Street bus was axed by the former Liberal Government, leaving passengers, including many elderly residents, stranded.

In response to community support the Andrews Labor Government has reinstated the service and made a number of improvements to it following close consultation with the local community.

The new 509 service will follow the previous route along Hope Street then run along Sydney Road, linking passengers to shops, services and other transport at Brunswick Station and Barkly Square Shopping Centre.

It will operate as a ‘shopper service’, running hourly between 9am and 2.30pm six days a week from Monday to Saturday.

The route will be serviced by a low-floor midi-bus, which will match anticipated demand and provide accessible transport for people with limited mobility.

Quotes attributable to Member for Brunswick, Jane Garrett

“I’m proud to be part of the Andrews Labor Government which is putting people first and improving public transport in Brunswick and right across Victoria.”

“After close consultation with locals, we have made the Hope Street bus better by extending it along Sydney Road to help connect passengers to shops, services and other transport.”

“The former Liberal Government ripped this critical local service out of Brunswick, leaving locals, including many elderly residents, stranded.”

“The local community has fought hard for this service and I’m pleased the Andrews Labor Government has saved it.”