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Busways welcomes bus service boost in Coffs Harbour

Busways has weighed in on what increased bus services means for the Coffs Harbour region

Starting from October 30, Busways says the Coffs Harbour region will benefit from more than 200 extra bus services when bus network changes are rolled out in a major public transport boost.

Busways Chief Operations Officer Chris Wolf has welcomed Transport for NSW’s investment in new services delivering better public transport outcomes for customers in Coffs Harbour.

“Coffs Harbour is a growth region which has seen an influx of population particularly over the past three years as people with more flexible work arrangements moved out of metropolitan centres,” Wolf says.

“We’ve worked with Transport for NSW to design meaningful improvements to the bus service in what is one of the biggest network changes since we started operating in the region 20 years ago.”

Wolf says the new network will improve commute times for customers, include more regular and direct journeys to key locations and increased service frequency outside of peak periods, weekends and on public holidays.

“It has also created 15 additional casual bus driver jobs across Busways’ Coffs Harbour, Macksville and Raleigh depots and we encourage locals to apply. All training is provided to get your licence upgrade,” Wolf says.

The changes are being delivered under the NSW government’s 16 Regional Cities project to improve bus transport in regional and rural areas.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Jenny Aitchison says the new network represents “an increase of around 19 per cent on the current timetable”.

“One of the main benefits will be more regular and direct services, making public transport an even more attractive and hassle-free option for locals and visitors, while at the same time reducing congestion on our roads,” Aitchison says.

Network improvements from October 30 include:

  • weekday buses every 30 minutes between Park Beach Plaza, Park Beach, The Jetty and Coffs Harbour city centre (Route 365)
  • new weekday peak express bus service between Macksville, Nambucca Heads and Coffs Harbour, with 10 additional weekly services (Route 360X)
  • new weekday, middle-of-day trip between Bowraville and Macksville, connecting onward travel towards Coffs Harbour (Route 351)
  • weekday buses every 30 minutes (Route 367), extended from Park Beach Plaza (Coffs Harbour CBD) to Coffs Harbour Health Campus via Donn Patterson Dr, with added weekend and public holiday services, connecting customers to their medical appointments with greater ease.
  • more weekend and public holiday services
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