Location (refer Melway 47, H7)
AUSOM's monthly meetings are held in the premises of the NewHope Baptist Church, 3-7 Springfield Rd, Blackburn North.
NewHope Baptist Church is on the north-east corner of Middleborough Road and Springfield Road. (Strictly speaking a Shell service station occupies the corner but New Hope has frontages to both Middleborough and Springfield Roads)
The relevant Melway reference is 47 H7.
There are entrances to the car park from both Middleborough Rd and Springfield Rd.
Using Middleborough Road, the entrance to NewHope is just north of the Middleborough Rd / Springfield Rd intersection. There is a large sign on the street.
Using Springfield Rd, the entrance to NewHope is just east of the Middleborough Rd / Springfield Rd intersection.
Parking is free within the church grounds and there are 120 spaces.
Access by public transport (bus from Box Hill station)
The public transport on Saturdays is a half hourly bus service, route 279 from Box Hill Station, heading for Doncaster Shoppingtown. Buses leave Box Hill Station at 23 minutes and 53 minutes past the hour on Saturdays, with the first bus leaving at 7.53am and subsequent departures every 30 minutes until 5.53pm.
For the return journey buses are scheduled at Middleborough Road and Springfield Road corner at 6 and 36 minutes past the hour with the first bus on Saturdays at 8.36am, and then every 30 minutes until 5.36pm.
Both NewHope Baptist Church and Box Hill station are in Metlink Zone 2.
Journey time in each direction is eight minutes according to the timetable.
All Route 279 buses on Saturdays are advertised as wheelchair friendly.
Locating the route 279 bus stop at Box Hill Station
If arriving at Box Hill by train…
Come out the exit turnstyles into the shopping centre and go straight ahead. You will see a pharmacy and a Tattslotto agency. Make your way towards them and bear right which will take you though an arch with the sign "Food Court" above it and you will then see an escalator going up. This will lead you to the bus station. When you come out, turn left and proceed to Bay 5 which is the Route 279 terminus. Bay 5 is the furthest from the entrance.
If you do not like escalators or cannot manage them there is a lift, though it can be a little difficult to find. Coming from the train proceed past the escalator and through the upper and lower Food Courts. You will eventually see a Reject Shop and to the left of it a Stadium Sports shop. The lift is to the left of Stadium Sports. When you get out of the lift at the top, cross the roadway at the marked crossing and proceed straight ahead around the building until you eventually reach Bay 5.
If arriving at Box Hill by bus…
You will alight at Box Hill at much the same place as you will catch the route 279 bus to NewHope church (Bay 5).
If arriving at Box Hill by tram (route 109).…
You will find that the tram stop has a raised platform for easy disability access.
There is then an easy walk directly South into Centro, after which turn left and follow the 'arriving by train' instructions (above) to the bus level via stairs or lift.
Public Transport References
Metlink Journey Planner