More bus services for Wagga Wagga
Published: 27 Mar 2020 7:33am
A major revamp of Wagga Wagga’s bus timetables will see more than 240 new weekly services added to the network in a significant boost to public transport services in the city.
The new timetables will start on Monday 30 March after Transport for New South Wales identified Wagga Wagga as one of 16 regional cities to benefit from the initiative.
Most routes will run later into the evening, up to 9pm. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday And for the first time in Wagga, most routes will have Sunday services operating between 8am and 6pm.
Wagga Wagga City Council’s Manager City Strategy Tristan Kell said the program would deliver improved connectivity to popular locations and see longer operating hours along key routes, particularly into the Central Business District.
He said the plan is directed at creating a more liveable city in Wagga Wagga and with improved services to support journeys to work, health, education and social interaction.
“Bomen Business Park will now have a new service for employees to get to and from work on a special scheduled and bookable service,” Mr Kell said.
“There are more than 2000 workers in Bomen who have the opportunity to benefit from this. A key initiative is directed at supporting access to employment for workers in our neighbourhoods - a major improvement for the city.
“It’s a perfect correlation with the recent Special Activation Precinct at Bomen, ensuring that State Government capital funding will be supported by workers who reside in Wagga Wagga
“More than 240 new service, are being introduced to facilitate shortened travel times and more regular services which are pivotal to Wagga maturing to a city of 100,000 people.”
Mr Kell said the Wagga Wagga Disability Inclusion Plan identified access to transport for vulnerable people, who don’t have access to motor vehicles, as a number one priority.
“The plan includes a greater breadth of hours through the day and across the week, providing services to travel to and from work, as well as providing trips after hours to support social activities in the CBD on Thursday and Friday evenings and also weekends,” Mr Kell said.
“Having these improved services will also change behaviour and reduce the reliance on private vehicles, easing congestion and improving access to services for our residents moving forward.
The program has been highly consultative with customers and stakeholders and included network planning, minor infrastructure improvement, and aligns with key activity centres and growth.
Council adopted the Wagga Wagga Integrated Transport Strategy in 2017 and this is a key outcome that is being delivered by TNSW in partnership with local government, local operators and the community.
Wagga is the second city in the pilot program after Tweed Heads which was rolled out in December last year.
The new bus timetables and services can be viewed and downloaded at busaboutwagga.com.au