Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder has rolled out his first Colac election commitment – a new bus service from Geelong.
Mr Mulder said the new weekday service would start as a 12-month trial leaving Geelong at 5.30pm and arriving in Colac at 7pm.
He said the service would depart from Geelong Train Station, stopping at Deakin University’s Waurn Ponds campus, Winchelsea, Birregurra and terminating at Colac Train Station.
“The service will start from Monday 14 February filling a vital gap in the existing timetable and give Colac people an earlier evening public transport option from Geelong,” Mr Mulder said.
Mr Mulder said he expected the service would be popular and urged students and commuters to take advantage of the bus.
Colac Otway Shire Council has long called for more public service connections between the district and Geelong.
Mayor Brian Crook, Mr Mulder’s Labor opponent at November’s state election, praised the government for delivering the additional service.
The Polwarth MP announced the evening bus service at King Coachlines in Colac on Friday.
King Coachlines’ Noel King said his company ran a weekday school bus service from Colac to Winchelsea.
He said a driver would drop off students at Winchelsea and continue to Geelong with an empty bus, before turning around and offering the V-Line service to Colac.