New Wyangala to Canberra bus trial service begins

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke.
Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke.

Following a survey on the service, a new trial bus service from Wyangala to Canberra has begun.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said a return service, which includes stops in Darbys Falls, Cowra and Boorowa, will operate to connect surrounding towns and ensure more travel choices for the community.

"The Wyangala to Canberra service, operated by Live Better Services, will be a game-changer for our community in the way locals are able to move around, making it easier to get to important medical appointments, buy groceries, and stay connected to family and friends in outlying towns," Ms Cooke said.

"We are so excited to welcome this service because it will give our more isolated communities greater access and connection to vital services in larger centres."

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the government had awarded contracts to six local transport operators.

"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," he said.

However a number of Wyangala residents have previously said the village is facing more pressing matters then the need for a bus service.

Last year, resident Fred Bell outlined issues such as non-potable water, sewerage, the conditions of roads and a lack of phone service as major problems residents have had to contest with.

"There's a lot more important things that a bus," he said at the time.

"The water is brown, you cannot drink the water."

The new services, which are once a week day return trips operating on either a Wednesday or Friday, started this week.

Customers can view the timetables on https://transportnsw.info/regional-trials but need to book directly with the operator.

Concession fares are available, including the $2.50 RED ticket.