New bus trials to better connect the bush
Small bush communities now have more travel choices and better connectivity to nearby centres with six new bus services rolling out across the state.
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the NSW Government had awarded contracts to six local transport operators to connect isolated communities with nearby regional and city centres.
“These trials deliver on our election commitment to provide better transport connections for small communities like Tumut, Conargo, Ashford, Boorowa and Trunkey Creek,” Mr Toole said.
“Last year we fast-tracked six of the 13 new trials, and in February we rolled out another trial from Dubbo to Mudgee, benefitting communities along the way like Gulgong and Goolma.
“For some of these communities, this is the first time they’ve had access to a public transport service and will really change the way many people move around the regions.
“We know extra services like this aren’t just about getting people from A to B – it can also be the difference between the ease of getting to important medical appointments, getting groceries, and staying connected to family and friends in outlying towns.”
Transport for NSW will monitor the feedback throughout the duration of the six-month trial, and communicate with the community on any changes. The new services being delivered will be conducted by a range of local operators, including:
- Goondiwindi – Inverell – Reynolds & Fogarty Pty Ltd
- Wyangala – Canberra – Live Better Services
- Tambar Springs – Tamworth – R.C & F.M Hemmings (Fiona’s Mini Buses)
- Conargo – Echuca - L.C Dyson's Bus Services Pty Ltd
- Tumut – Wagga Wagga - Goodes Coaches Pty Ltd
- Trunkey Creek – Bathurst - Buslines Group Pty Ltd (Bathurst Buslines)
Customers can view the timetables on the webpage, https://transportnsw.info/regional-trials, but need to book directly with the operator. Concession fares are available, including the $2.50 RED ticket.