The Nationals in Government will improve connectivity for communities between Dubbo and Mudgee as part of 13 new trial bus routes across regional NSW.

NSW Nationals Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders said a new trial service would link Ballimore, Spicers Creek, Goolma and Gulgong to the major regional hubs.

“This is great news for these regional communities, and we’re one of the first off the rank with community consultation,” Mr Saunders said. “The new services will improve transport access for these communities with faster and more direct connections that will help boost local economies.”

“In some of these communities, it will be a real game changer for people in terms of how they get around and their ability to access health services and education opportunities. It will also make it easier for tourists to visit our regions and move around in the bush.”

Mr Saunders said community consultation on the new route would start this week.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said it was important locals had their say on the new regional services.

“We want to hear from locals as to which timetable they prefer for the trial services along with feedback on what transport options best suit their needs,” Mr Toole said. “It’s important we get to hear from the people who are going to use these services and get their feedback on how they would like to connect with neighbouring communities.”

NSW TrainLink booths will be set up at Gulgong, Mudgee and Dubbo across the coming days with TrainLink staff dropping into towns along the way. The weekly services will initially be provided on a trial basis.