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Bus route suspended

Tuesday, 3rd June, 2014

NSW Regional Co-ordinator for Buses R Us, Trevor Cutjar. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt NSW Regional Co-ordinator for Buses R Us, Trevor Cutjar. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt

By Emily Roberts

The bus service to Mildura has been temporarily suspended because of a lack of passengers.

Trevor Cutjar, NSW Regional Co-ordinator for Buses R Us, said the service would be suspended after Friday.

“It is due to a lack of patronage, along with everything else,” Mr Cutjar said.

“When we started doing the Mildura run, we ran three days a week; Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

“Then it gradually began to drop off.”

The service was reduced to two days a week before finally dropping down to one day a week.

“The decision was made to suspend the service as it wasn’t viable,” Mr Cutjar said.

“We weren’t receiving any support for the service. We approached various departments.”

Mr Cutjar said it was possible the new flight route set up from Broken Hill to Mildura might have affected their service.

“It’s a shorter trip,” he said.

He said there were many reasons people travelled to Mildura.

“People go for medical reasons, or to go onto Melbourne,” he said.

“There has been a number of cancelled services in public transport.

“I don’t think people are travelling as much. I don’t think people would have realised this service was suspended until they needed it.”

Mr Cutjar said staff would not lose their jobs.

“Since we are working with Murtons (bus company), things are better - the (Mildura) driver will come across for Murtons,” he said.

“We are very sorry it has come to this.

“We may re-evaluate in a few months time or see if we can redirect the route.

“Friday will be the last trip we do to Mildura for the foreseeable future.”

Councillor Dave Gallagher said it was disappointing to see the loss of another service.

“It’s a shame it was cancelled,” he said.

“It is a bit disappointing. I think people without cars or who can’t afford the airfare will struggle.

“Mildura is a popular destination for medical reasons.”

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