23 September 2019

Goulburn community encouraged to get on board new bus service to Canberra

| Lachlan Roberts
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One of the new coaches that will take part in the six-month trial service. Photos: Supplied.

One of the new coaches that will take part in the six-month trial service. Photos: Supplied.

NSW TrainLink is trialling a new day return coach service between Goulburn and Canberra, providing a fully accessible service for customers travelling to Canberra’s CBD, local hospitals and Queanbeyan.

The trial started on Monday (10 September) and will operate for up to six months with new times to complement the existing train service.

The trials will provide convenient day return options for people travelling to Sydney and Canberra using comfortable and fully accessible coaches.

Member for Goulburn Pru Goward is monitoring the use of the service and is eagerly awaiting community feedback on how the service can best be utilized.

“These trials are about providing more choice of public transport for the Goulburn community,” Ms Goward said.

“I encourage the community to get on board to make sure the coaches become a permanent service in addition to the range of train services serving the area.”

During the trial period, NSW TrainLink will review feedback from customers and demand for the services to see if there are opportunities to better meet the community’s needs.

The coach trials will be operated by a modern 41-seat coach with a wheelchair lift and additional spaces for two wheelchair customers, plus an onboard toilet.

The opening trip from Goulburn to Canberra on Monday morning saw five locals use the new service. Michael, Rick, Helen, Pamela and Carolyn were using the service for various reasons including returning to their home in Canberra, commuting to work, or travelling to access services in the nation’s capital.

Customers will travel by coach from Goulburn Station or the Big Merino to Canberra CBD (Civic), John James and Canberra Hospitals and Queanbeyan Bus Interchange.

The following trial services will operate on weekdays:

  • Goulburn to Central departing at 5:00 am arriving at 7:46 am (coach/train)
  • Goulburn to Central departing at 4:10 pm arriving at 6:45 pm (coach/train)
  • Central to Goulburn departing at 6:11 am arriving at 9:00 am (train/coach)
  • Central to Goulburn departing 5;18 pm and arriving in Goulburn at 8:00 pm (train/coach)
  • Goulburn to stops in Canberra departing 9:00 am and returning to Goulburn at 4:00 pm (coach).

Seats on the Canberra service can be booked online or by calling 13 22 32. Fares on the Canberra service start at $2.50 for pensioners and will be similar to the existing train fares to Canberra.

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Christopher Nichols7:42 am 17 Oct 19

I work in Canberra and was excited to see a possible bus service that is usable for commuters. Honestly, 2 hours from Goulburn to Canberra? and the first bus at 9am. Seriously who would want to spend 4 hours of their day travelling to Canberra and back and as a commuter, useless.

Its hard to know who dreams this stuff up and believes it’s useful. There’ll be gasps of shock when the service is disbanded because of lack of use.

Not sure of the numbers that commute by road each day to Canberra from Goulburn and there is no viable train or bus service. Disgraceful public transport system, no wonder it doesn’t get fully utilised

Karis Sanderson5:58 pm 18 Jul 19

pity nothing at the weekend

June Cashman11:43 am 28 Jun 19

I think the Goulburn to Canberra Coach
service will be great for me. I’m wheelchair disabled (motorised) and find it hard to get to medical appointments. It also opens opportunities for entertainment and other activities. Thank you, I hope the service is well utilised by Goulburnians.

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