Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall and Moree TrainLink staff member Jemma Craigie discuss the benefits this public transport trial will deliver to isolated communities.
Tuesday, 3 September 2019
A NEW daily coach service will soon be rolling out of Walgett towards Moree with Northern Tablelands MP and Minister Western NSW Adam Marshall announcing the new trial today.
The Moree to Walgett, via Collarenebri, route will be a weekly day return NSW TrainLink coach service. Mr Marshall said trial was welcome news for communities in the North West of the State, which currently have very limited access to public transport.
“This coach service is not only a boost for regional public transport but will be a great benefit to the Moree economy and people living out in Walgett and Collarenabri,” Mr Marshall said.
“In some of these communities it will be a real game-changer for people in terms of how they get around to visit family and friends and their ability to access health services and education opportunities.
“Currently it takes 3 hours and 40 minutes to travel from Walgett to Dubbo by bus. By offering people a quicker option to Moree more people may be enticed to travel and spend their money in shops here instead.
“This service will also make it easier for tourists to visit our special part of Western NSW.
“After leaving the excitement of Western Plains Zoo at Dubbo visitors can travel to Walgett and go fossicking for rare black opals before ending their trip at the artesian spas in Moree.”
Mr Marshall said community consultation would take place on the trial service before it came into effect.
“We want to feedback from locals as to which timetable they prefer for the trial services along with feedback on what transport options best suit their needs,” he said.
“It’s important we get to hear from the people who are going to use these services and get their feedback on how they would like to connect with neighbouring communities.”
Consultation on the Moree to Walgett service will take place between 10am and 2pm on Monday, 9 September, at Woolworths Moree.
To find out more about how to have your say, visit www.transportnsw.info/regional