Getting to Orange to see a doctor, friends or shop at the likes of Kmart may become easier for Dubbo residents who want to visit the Colour City and return home within a day.
A proposed new NSW Trainlink service could meet the needs of Dubbo residents who are unable or don’t want to drive beyond the city boundaries.
The trial coach service would leave Dubbo at 10am and travel through Parkes and Manildra before arriving in Orange at 12.45pm.
It would leave Orange at 5.15pm and arrive back in Dubbo at 7.15pm.
A same-day return service from Dubbo to Parkes, where travellers can connect with the Broken Hill XPLORER on Mondays, and an overnight service between Dubbo and Bathurst will also be trialled if the community “voices support” for them.
State Member for Dubbo Troy Grant is urging Dubbo residents to attend information sessions on Thursday and Sunday.
He said the proposed new services came on the back of the success and extension of the trial of a Dubbo to Tamworth service running since March.
Mr Grant said the trial services would also boost travel options for residents of Tomingley, Peak Hill, Alectown and Wellington.
“This is a win for regional communities in the Central West who have been crying out for better public transport connections between major hubs for work, business, medical appointments and leisure activities like shopping or visiting friends,” he said.
The information sessions will be held on Thursday from 1pm to 2.30pm at Dubbo Railway Station, and from 3pm to 5.30pm outside Target at Dubbo Square.
On Sunday, an information session will be conducted from 8.30am to 12.30pm at the Dubbo Show Society Markets at Ollie Robbins Oval.