FROM September 2 Orange residents will be able to take advantage of a new bus service operating between Orange and Canberra.
Australia Wide Coaches management will trial a new express coach service to and from Canberra, while continuing to operate its daily service between Orange and Sydney.
Managing director of Australia Wide Coaches Richard Dawes said the company has recently had a large number of inquiries about the route.
“I believe the time is now right,” Mr Dawes said.
“The people of Orange have been so supportive of our Sydney service, I am now prepared to trial this new service to Canberra.”
The new service will depart Orange at 6.30am and Canberra (Civic) at 4.30pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays and will service the towns of Cargo, Canowindra, Cowra, Young, Boorowa and Yass.
The service will also include pick-ups and set- downs at Canberra Airport and a connection in Yass for train customers wanting to travel to and from Albury and Melbourne.
“Many of these towns en route do not have good transport or any transport options at all to the major hubs of Orange and Canberra, so I am really hoping these towns get behind the service to ensure its continued long-term viability and that it’s made into a permanent service,” Mr Dawes said.
Initially the route will be serviced by an 18 seat coach however Mr Dawes said he’s confident the service will either increase in frequency or eventually require a larger coach.
“I think the service will go great guns,” he said.
“The initial response to the new service has been overwhelming and extremely positive which is really encouraging”.
Student and senior card holder fares will be offered.