The bus stops here for towns

Portrait of bride and groom by church
Portrait of bride and groom by church

Transport Minister Troy Buswell said the Government had no influence over private company Greyhound Australia or any commercial decisions it made.

But he said the Government was prepared to work with the local community to identify replacement services along the route that TransWA could offer.

‘Although TransWA currently does not provide a service along the Indian Ocean Drive route servicing communities like Lancelin, Jurien Bay, Cervantes and Greenhead, we will work with the community to identify other services, until such time as a commercially viable option becomes available,’ Mr Buswell said.

Greyhound Australia manager Kevin Lyons confirmed the company’s underperforming Perth to Broome route stopped operating last Friday.

‘New competition on the Perth to Geraldton, Exmouth and Port Hedland routes has meant a further decline in already poor patronage which, combined with high fuel and operational costs, has forced Greyhound to withdraw its services,’ he said.

Lancelin Chamber of Commerce president Denise Howe said local businesses had been shocked to hear the bus service had been withdrawn.

‘The bus link was a great service for people who don’t have their own transport and presented flexibility for tourists who like to visit coastal towns,’ she said. Shire of Gingin chief executive Jeremy Edwards said the Shire was disappointed by Greyhound’s decision.

‘This service provided tourism opportunities and transport options for our communities,’ he said.

Mr Edwards said the Shire would continue to lobby Greyhound on behalf of the community to have bus services reinstated.