Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has announced the trial of a new bus route linking Cowra to Canberra.

The trial will give residents an opportunity to provide feedback on the service so that it can meet their needs most effectively.

“Providing public transport options is so important in the Cootamundra electorate, the Seat of Small Communities,” Ms Cooke said.

“Not everybody has access to their own transport options and rely on public transport, which is why this route from Cowra to Canberra, starting in Wyangala, is being trialled.

“It will be a weekly day return service travelling from Wyangala through Cowra, Murringo and Boorowa, and so I am calling on residents in these communities to get ready to let us know how they think the service would work most efficiently for them.”

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the Wyangala to Canberra service is one of 13 new public transport routes being trialled to link communities to nearby towns, cities or existing public transport services.

“NSW TrainLink staff will be heading out to more communities across the State in the coming weeks to give customers the chance to have their say on how the new services would work best for them,” Mr Toole said.

“We want to hear from residents as to which timetable they prefer for the trial services along with feedback on what transport options best suit their needs.

“It’s important we get to hear from the people who are going to use these services and get their feedback on how they would like to connect with neighbouring communities.”

NSW TrainLink booths will be set up at locations around the state, with consultation on the Cowra to Canberra route starting next month.

The weekly services will initially be provided on a trial basis. To find out more about how to have your say, visit www.transportnsw.info/regional