All aboard! New bus for Dalby
DALBY residents have a new route to Brisbane with the launch of a daily bus service by Murrays Coaches.
Queensland rugby league legend Mal Meninga travelled to the Western Downs at the weekend to help launch the service and the company's new depot at Chinchilla.
The State of Origin coach joined company founder and director Ron Murray AM to announce the service that will take residents from Miles right through to Brisbane and the domestic airport, with stops at Chinchilla and Dalby.
Buses will depart Dalby each day from Thomas Jack Park at 7.45am, arriving in Brisbane at 11am and the city's domestic airport at 11.30am.
The return trip will deliver travellers to Dalby at 6.15pm and continue heading west to Miles.
Return fares for the trip start at $25.
Mr Murray said he initiated the service because he felt current bus timetables didn't suit people living in the Western Downs.
"This service is affordable for everyone and it is designed for the locals," he said.
Murrays Coaches arrived in the region after securing a transport contract with coal seam gas giant QGC.
"Now we're here and we're here to stay," Mr Murray said.
Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Ray Brown said the service would be a huge help to people needing to travel to Toowoomba and Brisbane for specialist medical appointments.
Mal Meninga said he was happy to help launch the service for his long-time friend, saying he used to travel through the region regularly as both a policeman and as a fruit and vegetable merchant.
Murrays Coaches has employed about 20 staff in the region with employees based at Miles, Chinchilla, Dalby and Toowoomba.
The new daily bus service starts on May 18.
Visit murrays.com.au for details.