A cancelled bus service from Wagga to Canberra may force passengers to detour through Yass, adding hours onto their trip.
The Greyhound Australia charter company stopped running the service in mid August due to a decreasing customer base.
It means that people without cars will have to detour via Yass on the train, then catch a bus directly to Canberra.
The bus company is no longer servicing the city of Wagga because of the small number of people that use the service, according to a Geyhound Australia spokeswoman.
“We have stopped the bus from Wagga to Canberra indefinitely as we just weren’t able make enough of a return on this service,” she said.
“Only a small number of people used this service and we weren’t able to continue accommodating these people while absorbing the cost of operation at the same time.
“We don’t have any other services that are running and members of the local community will unfortunately have to use other providers in the area.”
The standard three-hour bus trip could turn into a five-hour journey, not taking into consideration any travel delays.
If a passenger is delayed and misses their connecting service, they could be forced to wait hours longer in Yass for the next Canberra service to arrive.
The drive to Canberra usually takes up to three hours but a detour through Yass could see travel times upwards of five hours.
But Riverina Country Women’s Association president, Anne Phegan thinks the cancelled service is just going to make things “more difficult” for people who get transport to Canberra.
“We did hear that the service shut down and we’ve been working with the train operators to figure out what happens now,” she said.
“It was already very hard to get from Wagga to Canberra before the service stopped running and now we’re very concerned about what’s going on with the transport system.
“It is a bit of a stretch to get a bus all the way to Yass, then another train to Canberra. What happens if the bus is late and someone is left waiting for hours?”
Ms Pheagan said that more needs to be done with the transport system to better connect regional and inland hubs.
“There aren’t many regular transport services that run to Canberra at the moment,” she said.
“It would be good to have a regular, timetabled service so that people can better prepare for their travels.”