Update: The Overland

Great Southern Rail has been notified this week that the South Australian Government has decided not to extend its financial support of The Overland beyond this year. 

We have been advised the Government’s decision has been made on the basis of relatively low passenger levels for the service and the availability of alternative transport options for regional communities. 

The Overland has consistently required support from both South Australian and Victorian Governments for its long-term commercial viability. 

This support has heavily subsidised significant operational costs to ensure affordability for commuters. 

The Victorian Government recommitted its support to The Overland in August for an additional 15 months. 

Our intention is to advise regular patrons what is happening with the service so they can make informed travel decisions for the future. 

Having now received the South Australian Government’s advice, Great Southern Rail has started to explore any opportunities available to provide a short-term transitional travel phase beyond December 2018.