Locals in Tumut and Wagga Wagga will benefit from a new trial bus service rolling out across the region providing better connectivity and more travel choices for residents.

NSW Nationals Duty MLC for Wagga Wagga Wes Fang said the return service running from Tumut to Wagga Wagga will operate to connect surrounding towns and ensure more travel choices for the community.

The service will run a day return service on Wednesdays between Tumut and Wagga Wagga, via Adelong, Grahamstown, Tarcutta and Ladysmith. It will include several stops in Wagga Wagga such as the hospital, train station and main shopping centres. This service will also connect with existing transport services to Sydney and Melbourne.

“This new service, operated by Goodes Coaches, will be a game-changer for our community in the way locals are able to move around, making it easier to get to important medical appointments, buy groceries, and stay connected to family and friends in outlying towns,” Mr Fang said.

“We are so excited to welcome this service because it will give our communities greater access and connection to vital services in larger centres.”

NSW Nationals Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the Government had awarded contracts to six local transport operators to connect isolated communities with major regional and city centres.

“These trials deliver on our election commitment to provide better transport connections for smaller communities,” Mr Toole said.

“For some of these communities, this is the first time they’ve had access to a public transport service and will really change the way many people move around the regions.

Customers can view the timetables at https://transportnsw.info/regional-trials, but will need to book directly with the operator. Concession fares are available, including the $2.50 RED ticket.