Council fighting to save Geelong coach service

Cr Jason Schram and mayor Chris Potter want residents to join a fight to save, and even expand, public transport timetables.

Colac Otway Shire Council’s mayor is calling on the community to join a campaign to save a vital bus service between Geelong and Colac.

The council and community have campaigned for five daily train services on the Warrnambool line for years, and the State Government announced 10 extra services a week for the train line last year.

V-Line added a fourth weekday train service to the line in January, but a daily coach service leaving Geelong at 5.45pm will likely end this year because it has a similar time to the new train service.

Cr Potter said he believed that an adjusted timetable would mean a coach service could remain and also be scheduled to give commuters and students more viable options.

“We want to put a case to V-Line and the State Government asking them to retain an additional coach as a daily return service, but in a different timeslot,” he said.

“Say for instance we had a coach leaving Colac at 6.03am, effectively you could be in Geelong by 7.30am and in Melbourne by 8.22am in time for work, meetings or medical appointments.”

“Say that coach left Geelong again at 3.50pm that would be ideal for school and university students or people who had headed up to Geelong or Melbourne for appointments.

“This is just one scenario to illustrate what might be achievable if we can make a strong case to V-Line and the State Government.”

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2 Responses to “Council fighting to save Geelong coach service”

  1. Iggy

    I support the early coach from Colac to Melbourne. I often need to be in Melbourne for work by 9am. Train used to run earlier and on time, but now with delays due to crossings, it doesn’t get to Melbourne till after 10am. This means I have to leave a day earlier.