Nationals Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin and the Member for Lismore Thomas George have today announced that the trial bus services between Byron Bay and Lismore will be extended for a further 12 months.

“Since the NSW Liberal & Nationals Government introduced the bus trial in December 2017, we have heard this community’s positive feedback and appreciation for the services,” said Mr Franklin.

“That is why we have worked closely with the Minister for Transport over the past few months to make sure our community’s voices were heard loud and clear and to ensure the bus trial is extended.”

“We are thrilled to say that the NSW Liberal & Nationals Government will extended the 640X and the 641X trial services until 30 June 2019.”

Mr George said the trial will continue to provide better connectivity for North Coast communities.

“Lismore is a major regional hub, with good health facilities, particularly Lismore Base Hospital, as well as Southern Cross University and other services. Yet getting there from the coast by public transport is limited and can be difficult,” said Mr George.

“The bus services will mean North Coast communities will continue to have better access to these services in the region. We know how important better transport is for our regional communities, particularly here on the North Coast. ”

The trial will continue to be overseen by Transport for NSW’s Rural Regional Service Delivery and Performance Branch and operated by Blanch’s Bus Company. During the trial period, the on-going viability and benefit to the communities will be evaluated.

“We encourage members of our community to continue to enjoy these wonderful services,” said Mr Franklin and Mr George.