The bus schedule for Melbourne’s CBD will be more expensive than those for many parts of Sydney, and it will take the extra time to reach destinations and pay for things such as hotel stays, the report found.
Melbourne’s bus schedule will be the most costly on the list of cities for the year ahead, the ANZ report said.
“Bus schedule prices are expected to continue to rise in the next few years, driven by the high costs of travel to and from work and leisure, as well as the cost of providing access to services such as bus routes, ticket machines, mobile phone and Internet access, as bus drivers have to maintain and maintain their professional relationships,” the report said, quoting figures from the state government.
“This will mean that bus trips will continue to cost more than they have in the past and will also require longer and more complex travel arrangements to get around Melbourne.”
Sydney’s bus timetable will also be the highest on the continent, the latest ANZ study found, with the average bus trip taking about 10 hours and 35 minutes.
“We found that the cost to the taxpayer of bus travel is rising at a rate of more than double the rate of inflation over the past few years,” the ANS said.
The report said the state budget for the coming financial year will “be more expensive to administer than any other state”.
The report also noted the state’s bus schedules were more expensive for most major destinations in Australia, including Brisbane, Sydney and Perth.
It also found Melbourne’s regional bus schedule was the most affordable in the country.
“While regional buses tend to have a lower price per kilometre than regional buses, they are significantly more expensive in terms of overall capital cost than regional bus timetables,” the study said.
The report said Melbourne’s average bus journey time was about 16 minutes, compared to about 11 minutes in Sydney.
It found Sydney’s average journey time to be about 11.6 minutes.
Melbourne has been hit by an unusually warm summer, which has forced the city’s buses to run on a daily schedule that is more expensive.
The Victorian Government has announced a three-year freeze on the amount of fuel and electricity that will be available to local councils.
The ANS report said in Sydney, buses were more likely to be delayed due to travel and transport issues than in other parts of the state, which could lead to delays on their routes.
However, the regional bus schedules of Sydney and Melbourne are expected be more affordable in 2021 than they were in 2021.
In its report, the Australian Automotive Industry Association said the changes were not expected to impact the “continuing viability of bus service in Victoria”, but it said the cost increases were “expected to affect drivers’ ability to manage costs, including on the back of the high cost of travelling”.
“We expect that regional bus services will continue as a major service for Melbourne, and the region’s regional network will be in operation and accessible to the public for the foreseeable future,” it said.