A HORSHAM bus route connecting travellers with the Overland Rail is here to stay.
The Route Five bus that connects with the Overland Rail has become a permanent service after a successful temporary timetable period starting in January.
Buses will continue to coordinate with the new timetable of the Adelaide to Melbourne Overland train, providing travellers with a bus service that connects with the Overland.
After facing a precarious future in July 2020, the Overland recommenced operations in 2021 following a funding boost from the Victorian government.
From January 3 to July, the Overland made 92 journeys between Adelaide and Melbourne, with regional stops including Horsham, and carried a total of 3448 passengers.
While the service and border crossings were temporarily disrupted by coronavirus restrictions, the Overland's operator - Journey Beyond Rail Expeditions - provided a substitute bus to cater for the reduced number of travellers.
Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford said the Victorian government was working towards better public transport services for regional Victoria.
"We are always working towards providing better services for regional Victorians and the permanent timetable change will connect bus and passenger train services for Horsham residents," she said.
"The iconic Overland train service between Melbourne and Adelaide, provides not only an important rail link with South Australia but also a boost to regional jobs, tourism and transport."
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