Councils, transport operators, schools and community groups throughout regional and rural NSW are encouraged to apply for a share in more than $3.2 million to improve the customer experience on public transport.

NSW Nationals Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Transport Stephen Bromhead said the program was aimed at improving access to public transport and improving infrastructure across country NSW.

“Through this fund, communities across NSW could see new bus shelters, new seats, signage or better lighting at existing stops, or even the installation of guidance tools for customers with vision impairment and wheelchairs,” Mr Bromhead said. “This program directly benefits customers in rural, regional and remote communities travelling on services contracted by the NSW Nationals in Government, with more than $11 million invested across more than 1000 infrastructure projects since 2011.”

“The NSW Nationals in Government are committed to improving public transport infrastructure across the State and I encourage councils, operators, schools and community groups to work together to identify the needs within their community, and apply.”

Mr Bromhead said the program was part of the NSW Nationals’ commitment to improving public transport services in the bush.

“We are connecting regional communities by adding new bus services, like the two new trial coach services connecting Broken Hill to Mildura and Adelaide which started last month and we are modernising our regional rail fleet,” Mr Bromhead said. “No matter where you live in NSW, everyone should have access to safe and affordable public transport, and this program will help us deliver important upgrades across the State.”

Applications for the next round of the Country Passenger Transport Infrastructure Grants Scheme are now open and will close at midday on September 30.