Regions win with new transport trials

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Six new transport services connecting small regional communities will soon hit the road, bringing the total number of new trials under the initiative to 13 across the state.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said tenders were now open for local operators to be a part of providing these services.

“We’re delivering on another of our election commitments, which provides more options for people living in rural and regional communities to be able to easily connect with nearby hubs,” Mr Toole said.

“Last year we fast-tracked six of our 13 new trials for some of our most isolated communities, and now we’re delivering our remaining six services, with a seventh service starting last week between Dubbo and Mudgee.

“For some of these communities this could be the first time they’ve had access to a public transport service, so this will really change the way many people move around in the bush.

“These extra transport services will mean better connections to nearby rural towns, cities or existing public transport services, and will help people in regional NSW stay better connected to nearby communities to do their shopping or access services.

“Services will initially commence on a trial basis and allow us to respond to any feedback to improve the services or routes.”

The six additional routes out to tender include:

  • Tambar Springs to Tamworth,
  • Goondiwindi (QLD) to Inverell,
  • Trunkey Creek to Bathurst,
  • Tumut to Wagga Wagga,
  • Conargo to Echuca (VIC), and
  • Wyangala to Canberra

The new routes could be delivered as an On Demand or timetabled service, and be operated by either a bus, coach, taxi or other transport provider.

Region

Services out to tender

Central West and Orana

OUT TO TENDER: Trunkey Creek – Bathurst via a weekly day return transport service to Bathurst.

New England North West

OUT TO TENDER: Tambar Springs – Tamworth, via Premer, Spring Ridge, Caroona and Currabubula via a weekly day return transport service to Tamworth.

OUT TO TENDER: Goondiwindi (QLD) – Inverell, via Boggabilla, Toomelah, North Star, Yetman and Ashford via a weekly day return transport service to Inverell. Connecting with existing transport connections to Grafton.

Riverina Murray

OUT TO TENDER: Tumut – Wagga Wagga, via Grahamstown, Tarcutta and Ladysmith via a weekly day return transport service to Wagga Wagga. Connecting with existing transport connections to Sydney/Melbourne.

OUT TO TENDER: Conargo – Echuca (VIC), via Deniliquin via a weekly day return transport service to Echuca. Connecting with existing transport connections to Melbourne.

South East and Tablelands

OUT TO TENDER: Wyangala – Canberra (ACT), via Cowra, Murringo and Boorowa via a weekly day return transport service to Cowra (for Wyangala community) and Canberra.

Region

Services commenced in February 2020

Central West and Orana

NEW SERVICE: Dubbo – Mudgee, via Ballimore, Spicers Creek, Goolma and Gulgong via a weekly day return transport service to Mudgee.

Region

Services commenced in December 2019

Far West

NEW SERVICE PART 1: Moree – Walgett, via Bullarah and Collarenebri. A new Wednesday return coach service will connect Moree to Walgett where passengers can change to an existing coach service and travel on to Dubbo.

NEW SERVICE PART 2: Walgett – Moree, via Collarenebri and Bullarah. A new Wednesday return coach service will connect Walgett to Moree where passengers can change to existing coach services to Grafton, and onto Brisbane or Byron Bay.

NEW STOP: Goodooga – Lightning Ridge. The existing Thursday return coach service from Lightning Ridge to Dubbo will now continue on to Goodooga, creating a new connection.

New England North West

NEW STOP: Ben Lomond – Guyra. The existing daily return coach service from Tenterfield to Armidale will now stop at Ben Lomond.

South East and Tablelands

NEW SERVICE: Cabramurra – Cooma, via Anglers Reach and Adaminaby. A new Wednesday return coach service will connect Cabramurra to Cooma where passengers can change to an existing coach service and travel on to Canberra.

NEW SERVICE: Bigga – Goulburn, via Binda, Crookwell and Grabben Gullen. A new Tuesday return coach service will connect Bigga to Goulburn where passengers can change to an existing coach service and travel on to Canberra.

NEW SERVICE: Delegate – Nimmitabel, via Bombala. A new Thursday return coach service will connect Delegate to Nimmitabel where passengers can change to an existing coach service and travel on to Canberra.