The NSW Government is delivering better connections and greater flexibility for regional communities between Dubbo and Mudgee, with a new day-return Wednesday On Demand coach service starting from today.
Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders said the service formed part of the NSW Government’s commitment to deliver 13 new coach services to 44 isolated communities.
“This is a real boost for the local communities in and around Ballimore, Spicers Creek, Gooma and Gulgong who will have access to two coach services for the first time,” Mr Saunders said.
“In many ways this new On Demand service is like designing your own journey, with customers able to pre-book destinations including Orana Mall, Dubbo Railway Station, Dubbo Base Hospital and the TAFE. Special locations will also be considered on request.
“It will also build upon the existing pilot that was introduced in April 2019, which connects customers between Mudgee and Dubbo, via Gulgong.
“Feedback from the existing service has been incredibly positive so we worked with the provider, Ogden’s Coaches, to provide an additional service in the opposite direction.
“This means locals will now have more choice when it comes to visiting friends and families in nearby towns, or attending appointments as they can now choose to take a day trip to either Mudgee or Dubbo, or instead stay a few nights by returning home on the next service.”
The service from Dubbo to Mudgee will run each Wednesday, departing Dubbo at 7:30am and arriving in Mudgee at approximately 10am. In the afternoon, the service will depart Mudgee at 3:00pm, arriving in Dubbo at approximately 5:35pm.
The Mudgee to Dubbo service will run on Tuesdays and Fridays, departing Mudgee at 7:30am and arriving in Dubbo at around 10am. In the afternoon, the service will depart Dubbo at 3:00pm, returning to Mudgee at approximately 5:40pm.
The service arrival times will be dependent on road conditions, the On Demand services booked by customers, and are indicative only.
The new weekly day-return service will initially run on a trial basis for a period of up to six months, with the potential of another six months dependent on performance and demand.
The existing service will also be expanded to include Ballimore, Spicers Creek, Goolma, and Gulgong.
The Dubbo-Mudgee service can be booked via the Ogden’s website https://ots.ogdens.com.au/ or phone 02 6372 2489 anytime between one day to four weeks prior to the date of travel.