Group probes AvonLink

The Avon Link services are being investigated by a working party.
The Avon Link services are being investigated by a working party.

Established by the Wheatbelt Development Commission and the Public Transport Authority, the group includes representation by the shires of Northam and Toodyay.

Shire of Northam chief executive Jason Whiteaker attended the first meeting and said he was committed to ensuring the needs of the community were presented to the working party.

The working party is seeking the input of the Northam community around the appropriateness of the current timetable.

As a starting point, the working party has formed a view that the existing timetable needs to be expanded to include an additional return trip on weekdays, which could be on the basis of a daily addition or an increased service over a few days during the week.

‘When making comment on preference of frequency for the additional services, the community needs to be mindful that each additional service comes at a considerable cost and that there needs to be a balance in terms of cost effectiveness,’ Mr Whiteaker said.

Currently services from Northam depart at 6.30am, arrive at Midland at 7.50am, and services from Midland depart at 5.50pm, arrive Northam at 7.10 on weekdays.

The Shire of Northam is seeking public comments by February 4 on the proposal for additional services, including the appropriateness of the proposed timing, as well as which days of the week the services should be offered.

The project working group will also investigate better ticketing and information services.