Benalla gets on board with extra buses
02 July 2014
The number of bus services in Benalla will almost triple this month, from 22 weekly services to 60.
The Nationals Candidate for Euroa Steph Ryan said from July 28, additional services would see the town’s buses operate from 7.15am to 6.15pm on weekdays.
Nationals candidate for Euroa Steph Ryan with drivers Bob Arthur (left) and Terry Miller, Benalla Bus Lines manager Ray Schintler and Member for Benalla Bill Sykes.
“Currently the network doesn’t start until 9am and finishes at 3pm, making it difficult for people who work or study full time to use the bus to get to and from destinations,” Ms Ryan said.
“This boost is a great improvement to Benalla’s bus timetable. Residents across the new Euroa electorate have raised the accessibility of public transport with me as a key issue.
“These extra services will open the door to opportunities for education and employment for some residents.
“More travel options also provide a safe and reliable journey to and from work, shopping outings, school or after school activities each day,” Ms Ryan said.
The Nationals Member for Benalla Bill Sykes said the Victorian Coalition Government understood the importance of public transport in regional areas.
“I recommend everyone get on board and support the upgraded Benalla bus service and take advantage of the increased travel options available,” Dr Sykes said.
Ms Ryan said six services a day would now connect with the train service to and from Melbourne.
“This timetabling improvement is particularly important for elderly people in our community and those who are living with a disability,” Ms Ryan said.
“We are fortunate to have a bus service that is wheelchair accessible and is driven by terrific local people who understand the individual needs of different residents,” Ms Ryan said.
Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder said the Coalition Government was making an historic investment to improve public transport for commuters across the state.
“The Napthine Government is building a better public transport system by delivering almost 4,000 extra train, tram and bus services every week, bringing the total of new services introduced by the Victorian Coalition Government to more than 10,000 each week,” Mr Mulder said.