Bunbury fans offered alternative derby travel option

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
West Coast Eagles supporter Patton Pipe, 6, wrestles with Fremantle Dockers fan Taj Hicks, 7, to be the first on Transwa’s road coach service.
Camera IconWest Coast Eagles supporter Patton Pipe, 6, wrestles with Fremantle Dockers fan Taj Hicks, 7, to be the first on Transwa’s road coach service. Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

Diehard West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers AFL fans from Bunbury are being encouraged to trade driving to the Western Derby this weekend for a road coach service.

For the first time, Transwa is offering a bus service for regional passengers from Dunsborough, Busselton and Bunbury to the Optus Stadium for round six of AFL action between the State’s two sides.

Transwa general manager Tim Woolerson said the service would make it easier for the South West’s AFL fans.

“Transwa is committed to providing world-class public transport to regional communities,” Mr Woolerson said.

“In this instance,we saw an opportunity to create a special event service to make it even easier for people in the South West to get to and from the game.

“This service will take people from the South West from their local centres to the door of the stadium and home.

“Let us do the driving so you can have a few drinks and relax, enjoy a book, catch up with friends or even have a nap on the way home.”

The road coach will depart from the Bunbury Passenger Terminal at 11.50am Sunday to arrive 40 minutes before bounce down at 2.40pm.

Mr Woolerson said the company was always reviewing its services to meet customers’ needs and did not rule out a more frequent service.

“Given the heightened interest in the derby, we considered this a great event to trial a service like this,” he said.

“At this stage the service is only being considered for the two derbies planned for this AFL season.

“If successful we could operate further special event services for major football games in the future.”

Gannaways Charters and Tours is also offering a similar service.

Tickets are available online.

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