Commuters in the Tweed will benefit from a major bus network refresh, with more than 450 new additional weekly services to start from Monday, 16 December.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the new timetables would deliver improved connectivity to popular locations like Kingscliff TAFE and would see longer operating hours along key routes.

“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is delivering on its election commitment to improve bus services in 16 Regional Cities, with the Tweed the first to receive a major public transport boost,” Mr Toole said.

“We are supporting economic growth in our regions by improving connectivity, employment opportunities, education facilities and leading health care services.

“As we support and grow our hubs, it’s important we have the services available that meet customers’ needs. The new Tweed network will serve as a pilot program for further improvements to other regional cities.”

Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said the new bus network would change the way people moved around the region.

“I am proud that we were able to secure the Tweed as the first location for the 16 Regional Cities program,” Mr Provest said.

“Residents in the Tweed told us they wanted more reliable services and better connections to the places they want to go.

“In line with the feedback we received from the community, this new network has more services along major routes to key destinations, expanded service hours and made some routes more direct.”

The new network includes 160 extra weekly services before 7am and after 6pm and 50 new weekly services before 5am and after 9pm.

The other cities included in the 16 Regional Cities program are Wagga Wagga, Griffith, Bathurst, Parkes, Dubbo, Coffs Harbour, Albury, Nowra-Bomaderry, Queanbeyan, Lismore, Port Macquarie, Tamworth, Armidale, Orange and Grafton.