STAWELL - As the Northern Grampians Shire Council steps up its efforts to draw attention to the need for improved access to public transport across the region, the Stawell Times-News approached those at the coal face, the everyday users of the service for their opinions on what is most important to them.
Travellers have indicated their is an overwhelming need for improved access to toilets and a ticket office at the Stawell Railway Station.
Council initially moved to address community concerns about the lack of access to a public toilet and infrequent maintenance on-site by meeting with the relevant authorities in March.
Nine independent bus companies work in and out of the Stawell station every year with a total of 126 stops at the station per week.
This totals 6,574 stops per year and equates to an average stops per day, 365 days of the year of at least 18.
It is estimated that at least 30,000 people patronise the Stawell station every year, but that could be as high as 60,000.
Currently on arrival in Stawell public transport users are advised to go to the Visitor Information Centre in Main Street for help with timetables and maps.
The Stawell ticket office was closed in November 2011. V/line country rail and bus tickets are available for purchase in Stawell at Roswin Milk Bar in Lower Main Street.
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