A pub­lic call has been made for in­put into a new coach ser­vice that will op­er­ate be­tween the New South Wales towns of Bourke and Bre­war­rina, and Dubbo

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A pub­lic call has been made for in­put into a new coach ser­vice that will op­er­ate be­tween the New South Wales towns of Bourke and Bre­war­rina, and Dubbo.

Start­ing next year as a trial, new day re­turn ser­vices be­tween the cen­tres will be in­cluded on the NSW TrainLink coach timetable.

Res­i­dents from Bourke, Bre­war­rina and towns along the way will be able to travel safely and com­fort­ably to Dubbo, spend up to four hours in town and re­turn home later that af­ter­noon.

A Trans­port for NSW sur­vey is ask­ing lo­cal res­i­dents which days and times they would like the trial to op­er­ate. For ex­am­ple, peo­ple may pre­fer to leave early in the morn­ing and re­turn home be­fore dark; or leave later and re­turn later.

“The ad­di­tional NSW TrainLink ser­vices will cre­ate new and bet­ter op­por­tu­ni­ties for Bar­won com­mu­nity mem­bers to travel to the re­gional cen­tre of Dubbo for med­i­cal and busi­ness ap­point­ments, shop­ping, recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties or to catch-up with friends and fam­ily,” Mem­ber for Bar­won Kevin Humphries says.

“Cur­rently, if you’re trav­el­ling from Bourke or Bre­war­rina to Dubbo, you have to stay overnight or or­gan­ise your own re­turn travel as there’s no day re­turn op­tion. This ad­di­tional ser­vice will pro­vide more flex­i­bil­ity.

“I am com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing a qual­ity re­gional trans­port ser­vice to our Bar­won com­mu­ni­ties and en­cour­age ev­ery­one to par­tic­i­pate in the sur­vey to en­sure an ef­fec­tive trial.”

Mem­ber for Dubbo Troy Grant says the gov­ern­ment is lis­ten­ing to the needs of peo­ple and im­prov­ing trans­port in ru­ral and re­gional ar­eas and cre­at­ing bet­ter con­nec­tions for smaller and re­mote com­mu­ni­ties.

“To get this right, we are first talk­ing to lo­cal peo­ple about new con­ve­nient and safe travel op­tions,” he says. “The pub­lic feed­back on the ser­vice op­tions will be im­por­tant for con­firm­ing the timetable and op­er­a­tions for the trial pe­riod.”

The sur­vey is avail­able on the Trans­port for NSW web­site.

Above: Day re­turn bus ser­vices are be­ing mooted be­tween the NSW towns of Bourke and Bre­war­rina, and Dubbo

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