New bus with ramp opens up Halls Gap access for people with a disability or mobility issues

ACCESS: Regular user Colin Machin appreciates the easy access bus at Halls Gap. Picture: PETER PICKERING
ACCESS: Regular user Colin Machin appreciates the easy access bus at Halls Gap. Picture: PETER PICKERING

Halls Gap area residents and visitors with a disability or mobility issues will now have better access to public transport.

From Saturday, Sandlant Bus Company has started running a low floor bus between Stawell and Halls Gap.

It is the normal Saturday Service but using a low floor that allows people in wheelchairs or with disabilities, elderly people and passengers with prams to have easier access on and off the bus.

Every Saturday and Sunday between 12pm and 2.35pm the V/Line bus runs up and down the Halls Gap valley floor three times each way between the Ararat Road and Brambuck Cultural Centre.

Tim’s place accommodation proprietor Tim Wise said it was a welcome move towards more accessible transport in the area.

“This service will be a big step towards the ultimate goal of three services each and every day of the year between Stawell and Halls Gap,” he said.

“If the community could utilise this service then it would send a strong message to local and state government on improved transport.”

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