Premier makes bus changes

Michael PhilippsSouth Western Times
Premier Mark McGowan was in Collie on Friday to announce upgrades to the town’s public transport services. Photo: Michael Wilson.
Camera IconPremier Mark McGowan was in Collie on Friday to announce upgrades to the town’s public transport services. Photo: Michael Wilson. Credit: The West Australian

The State Government has boosted the public transport system in Collie with a number of new services announced, according to Premier Mark McGowan.

Mr McGowan was in Collie on Friday to make the announcement which includes linking weekday buses with the Australind train line, reinstating weekend buses, cutting travel times and boosting the number of services in and out of the town.

Mr McGowan said the changes would also benefit other localities along the existing bus route, including Allanson, Mumballup, Wilga and Boyup Brook.

“My Government is committed to building a sustainable future for Collie and ensuring there is quality public transport is a big part of this,” he said.

“I'm pleased we have delivered on one of our key regional election commitments to review and reinstate Collie bus services.”

Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray said bus and train services would now run to and from Perth on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

“The former government’s cuts to Collie's public transport were devastating to the many local people who relied on buses and the Australind train to get to Perth,” he said.

“Mark McGowan and I committed at the 2017 election to bring the services back to a decent standard and I'm delighted we've achieved that.

“Collie people who rely on buses and trains can once again travel to Perth or Bunbury for medical appointments, to visit family and friends, and to do all of the other things a decent public transport system allows.”

The upgraded system is expected to come into effect from September 30.

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