Country bus run starting soon

TIMETABLED bus services to areas beyond New Norfolk are set to be introduced in the near future. The operator of Derwent Valley Link buses, Peter O’Driscoll, advised a recent Derwent Valley Council workshop that his service was going from strength to strength and he was awaiting a ministerial announcement of another expansion of his routes.

Mr O’Driscoll said his Granton-based company started about five years ago when he bought the former Ace bus service and was expanded in 2008 with the aquisition of the Hobart Coaches run. O’Driscoll Coaches’ Derwent Valley Link subsidiary has been operating the New Norfolk-Hobart route for more than two years and has shown steady growth from 160,000 passenger trips in its first year, to 200,000 passenger trips in the second year and an expected 220,000 passenger trips in the third year.

The service now has 13 return trips between New Norfolk and Hobart each week day, including the introduction of late evening services in both directions. Saturday services have been expanded and Sunday services reintroduced after a long absence. An Ellendale service was introduced, providing a daily bus to and from Hobart.

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