Coast home safely with Nightrider

A NEW service to get Christmas revellers home safely has started early on the Coast.

The trial Nightrider bus service for Woolgoolga and Northern Beaches residents visiting Coffs Harbour is now under way and will run until January 9.

The Sawtell/Toormina services, meanwhile, will run on Fridays from December 17 to January 7, which covers Christmas and New Year's Eve.

“The Nightrider bus service has always been aimed at helping people get home safely after a night out,” the Coffs Harbour City Council's road safety and transport officer, Anne Shearer, said.

“After speaking to people who regularly travel into Coffs Harbour from the north at weekends, plus the results of an online survey, it was clear that there is a high demand for a cheap, safe way of getting home.

“Starting the service sooner for people who live in the north is a trial this year and we'll look at the results in the New Year. We're hoping that there will be enough of a demand to make it a regular service.”

The 19-seat bus will be operated by HolidayCoast Transportation and will complement the courtesy buses run by local clubs and pubs.

It will run on Saturday nights and will include New Year's Day and may include Christmas Day, depending on demand.

The bus will leave from outside Empire Kebabs at 74 Grafton Street at 2.30am. It will stop only at designated stops in Sapphire, Moonee, Emerald Beach, Sandy Beach (Graham Drive) and Woolgoolga (taxi zone).

Fares will be $3 for Sapphire and Moonee, $5 for Emerald Beach and Sandy Beach and $8 for Woolgoolga.

Information on the service will be provided on Facebook (search for Coffs Nightrider), Council's website at and advertisements in local venues.

The trial service is being financed through grants from the NSW Department of Justice and Attorney General, the Community Drug and Alcohol Team (CDAT), the Local Government Road Safety Program, the city council and the Liquor Accord.

A Nightrider bus service has been run for a number of years in and around Coffs Harbour helping take locals home from Christmas and New Year celebrations as well as Coffs Cup Day.

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