Public transport in Bathurst is about to become a lot more accessible to locals, with more than 500 additional weekly bus services set to start from June 28.
Multiple routes added to the current services will mean that people living in areas where public transport was previously not available will now be able to travel into and around town at ease.
The boost will also see services provided on Sundays for the first time in the region.
"Bathurst is continuing to grow and we have to make sure that those services are reaching those areas that may not have seen a bus service in the past," Bathurst MP and Regional Transport Minister Paul Toole said.
"The other important factor here is that for the very first time we are going to see services operating on a Sunday, so this means that with the shops open people will be able to get in and out of town on a Sunday as well."
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The extra services have been implemented as part of the NSW Government's 16 Regional Cities program.
Bathurst Bus Lines group operations manager Geoff Ferris welcomed the changes.
"Bathurst is a growing town, it deserves better services and we now go seven days week, we've got services running later of an evening, we've now got services with increased frequency," he said.
"We can offer employment to local people on a casual basis or a part-time basis or on a full-time basis. There is a lot more work going to be available to locals in the Bathurst area."
Mr Toole said the initiative would also provide greater independence for locals who don't have their own vehicle, giving them access to hospitals, the university and railway station.
"When we talk about public transport this is actually ensuring that people have that connectivity in our local community," Mr Toole said.
"Having the connectivity also means that people have their independence so they can live in their homes longer as well knowing they've got access to the services right around the city of Bathurst."
The addition of 20 weekly express services between Eglinton and Bathurst will be one of many new changes made to the bus routes, allowing workers a quicker option into town.
"Eglinton is a good example because we are going to put an express service in of a morning and have an express service that goes back to Eglinton of an afternoon after work hours," Mr Ferris said.
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