Call to link Wodonga city and train by bus

WODONGA could soon have a bus service from Wodonga railway station to the city centre.

Dysons bus company hopes to introduce the service for the countless passengers who rely on taxis or lifts to get to and from the station.

Dysons north east regional manager Brett Drinnan yesterday said the company “would love” to operate the service, and had held talks with Public Transport Victoria.

But he said providing a service would boil down to funding, with routes designated and budgeted for by the state.

Passengers at the station yesterday liked the idea, including friends Diane Hadley and Joan Waldon.

“I’m lucky, I’ve got someone who can bring me when I need, but not everyone does,” Wodonga’s Ms Waldon said.

“You often see a line of people waiting for taxis — and I don’t see any as I’m driving home, so they must be waiting a long time.”

Ms Hadley said she did not like having to drive to the station and leaving her car overnight.

British couple Jessica and David Espley were surprised to find there were no buses or taxis at the station.

“It’s not much good if you want to get to the centre of town,” Mrs Espley said.

“We stayed at the Quest — it would have been much easier to get there if the bus at least went to High Street.”

Wodonga’s Glen West was among those dropping people at the station, in this case his daughters.

“If I’m working, and my wife is, they’ve got to get taxis,” he said.

“A bus would be one of the best things.”

Mr Drinnan said Dysons had run a dedicated shuttle bus when the new station first opened but it was discontinued due to a lack of use.

He believed the service would be more viable as an extension of a usual bus route.

A spokesman from Public Transport Victoria did not answer specific questions from The Border Mail about a service, but said it would be happy to work with a bus operator to expand the bus network.

“Any new services would need to be considered in future budgets and in the context of competing priorities around the state,” it said.

A council spokeswoman said the council “fully supports” the push.

She said it had made several approaches to the Transport Department and Public Transport Victoria, and had referred the issue to the member for Benambra, Bill Tilley.

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