All aboard

AFTER years of waiting Snowy Mountains residents will soon have a public bus service.

The route of the NSW TrainLink, formerly CountryLink, coach service from Bombala to Canberra will now stop through Dalgety, Jindabyne and Berridale which allows Snowy Mountains residents to travel to Cooma and return on the same day.

The service, which is due to start from June 30 for a one year trial, is a major win for Snowy Mountains residents after years of waiting, Member for Monaro John Barilaro said.

"Hundreds of survey responses, dozens of submissions and many, many meetings have concluded with this breakthrough," he said.

"The communities of the Snowy Mountains have really supported my campaign in a big way, with their help I've been able to submit an extremely convincing case to the Minister that she simply couldn't say no to."

Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian said the public bus service, the first of its kind in the region, will unlock many social and economic benefits for local residents.

"This year-round public transport connection is a major win for the local community, providing customers with better links to Canberra, connections to Sydney train services and access to a range of NSW TrainLink concession products," Ms Berejiklian said.

The service will run three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and will also provide connections with train services at Canberra Station.

Mr Barilaro said the service would continue after the one year trial period if the demand was anywhere near as strong as the government anticipates.

The coach will depart Dalgety for Cooma and Canberra at 7.48am from outside Buckley's Crossing Hotel and return at 3.00pm. At Jindabyne it will depart at 8.20am from outside the Visitor Information Centre and return at 2.26pm. At Berridale the coach will stop at Lion Park at 8.48am and return at 2.02pm.

The service will also be accessible for customers in wheelchairs.

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