A trial of two extra and weekly NSW TrainLink coach services between Bourke and Dubbo will begin on Wednesday.
State Member for Dubbo Troy Grant says they will save Far West NSW residents “time and money.”
He said the new return service would Dubbo at 4:45pm on Wednesdays, arriving in Bourke at 9:05pm with a stop at Coolabah.
Another new service on Thursdays will depart Bourke at 5:45am or Brewarrina at 5:30am ,connect with the Bourke service at Coolabah and arrive in Dubbo at 10:05am.
“These extra services are designed to enhance the existing NSW TrainLink coach timetable to make it easier for customers to travel between home and this important regional centre,” Mr Grant said.
“Customers travel to Dubbo for a variety of reasons, be it for business or medical appointments, shopping or recreational activities, or to visit friends and family.
“Prior to these changes, it was not possible to make this round trip in a day meaning customers needed to organise overnight accommodation.
“However, they will soon have a safe and efficient means to spend around four hours in Dubbo and return home on the same day, helping to save time and money.”
The times for the trial services were determined following extensive community consultation in late 2017.
Mr Grant said the majority of customers were in favour of an early morning departure from Bourke and Brewarrina to maximise their time in Dubbo.
Customers are being encouraged to pre-book their seats by calling 13 22 32 or online at www.transportnsw.info/regional.
Fares will be in line with existing NSW TrainLink services with concessions available for eligible customers.
The trial is expected to run until June 2019 during which time its acceptance by the community will be evaluated.