Commuters to Lismore from Ballina, Lennox Head and Byron Bay are able to sit back and relax on their journey to work thanks to a new commuter bus trial that has started. The new service, which will be delivered by Blanch’s Bus Company, will run on a six-month trial.

Social Futures’ Transport Development Officer Alex Lewers said the trial was put forward by the Lismore Sustainable Transport Group and championed by Lismore MP Thomas George.

“This is a great win for commuters.”

“This will be a cheap and direct service taking in the major employers and education institutions at a time that will be convenient for commuting.”

The service will depart from Byron Bay and pick up at Lennox Head (Beachfront Bus Zone) at 7:40 and Ballina (Tamar Street) at 8am and arrive at the Lismore Transit Centre at 8:40am stopping at Lismore Base Hospital and Southern Cross University along the way. The return trip will depart Lismore Transit Centre at 5:15pm and follow the same route.

“The commuter bus will cost $6.60 for a single adult fare outside of Lismore with usual concessions applying. Regular commuters can also purchase an unlimited travel, daily pass for $12.00 or a weekly unlimited travel Freedom Pass for $36.00.”

“For five-day-a-week commuters the weekly pass equates to $3.60 per trip, that’s much cheaper than using the car for the same trip. What’s more, you can read a book, answer emails, catch up on Facebook and while you’re doing it save mileage on your car.”

“In addition to the commuter service, a new direct route from Lismore to Byron Bay and return will be available just in time for the summer holidays. This service will depart the Lismore Transit Centre at 8:40am every week day and return at 3:55pm.”

For more information and to view the timetable visit www.goingplaces.org.au/new-commuter-bus-service-lismore/ or contact Blanch’s Bus Company on (02) 6686 2144.

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