For two years, Seymour Railway Station’s buggy service has been ferrying passengers with disabilities or mobility issues back and forth to help them access the station.
With lengthy ramps and a number of stairs surrounding the station, the buggy service was established to help passengers access the platforms, car park and bus interchange.
Anne and Don Willis regularly travel to Melbourne for medical appointments, preferring to catch public transport than battle the hustle and bustle of the city in the car.
However, due to a heart condition for one of them, they would not be able to do this by train if it was not for the buggy service.
The service has helped many residents since it began and the second anniversary of the service, run by Travellers Aid, was celebrated last Thursday with the opening of a travelling exhibition at the railway station. The exhibition, which tells the story of how Travellers Aid Australia identified a need for assistance for travellers and has continued to grow to meet those needs, is free to view until December 12.
Thursday also served as a Try Before You Ride day for V/Line.
This gave people the opportunity to boost their confidence using different modes of transport, including trains, coaches and low floor buses.
The buggy service operates from 10am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, thanks to Travellers Aid volunteers in partnership with V/Line.
Passengers can book the service in advance by calling 57992965 or emailing [email protected]
— Seymour Telegraph