THE State Government project supporting the continuing expansion of bus services in regional Tasmania was proving a success, Sustainable Transport minister Nick McKim MHA said today. “There is no better example of this than O’Driscoll Coaches’ Derwent Valley to Hobart run,” Mr McKim told a Budget estimates hearing.
“Last year, O’Driscoll Coaches agreed to trial an extended timetable including additional evening, Saturday and Sunday services for 12 months. The trial has been well supported by the community, and while the new services attracted good patronage from the earliest days of the trial, passenger numbers have increased even further over successive months,” Mr McKim said.
“One benefit of the additional weekend services has meant that events like Salamanca Market are now more widely accessible. Access to transport is something most people take for granted, yet for many in our community, the absence of frequent reliable transport can be very isolating,” he said.