Greyhound coaches wanted back on Sydney/Melbourne east coast route
Work for backpackers is an incentive to travel, especially to a ‘desirable region’. Because of a lack of integration of ALL the different types of existing transport – V-line, hostel/hotel courtesy buses, community buses – in country Victoria, some communities in a number of ‘interstate corridors’ feel backpackers cannot reach them and economic opportunities are being lost.
The limitations on interstate road coach operators – often seen as protecting V-line – have led Greyhound to stop services along the Sydney/Melbourne coast route, though many locals would like to see them return.
A recent recommendation
This situation has been under review for some time and it seems the Dept of Infrastructure (DOI) has now “identified opportunities where they can work with interstate road coach operators to integrate their services with V/Line and other operators.” Peter Hall MLC, Member for Gippsland Province, has passed on this information received from the Victorian Minister for Transport in answer to concerns raised about the limitations.
Applications by interstate operators for intra-state rights may now be forwarded to the Regional Services Branch, Public Transport Division at the DOI.
This information was passed on to PWF by Peter McMahon of the Cambrai Backpackers’ Hostel in Maffra, Gippsland.
Have YOU seen or heard anything? Has anything actually changed out there?
Background PWF article: Unpopular backpacker ‘set down-pick up’ transport regulations under review in Victoria