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A decline in passenger numbers has forced the operators of the only bus service across the Nullarbor to put an end to the service.
Greyhound Australia operate the McCafferty's bus route which runs from Perth to Adelaide, via Merredin, Kalgoorlie, Norseman and Eucla, once a week.
However, the chief executive officer of Greyhound Australia, Tom Esplin, says in recent times the 52-seater buses have been carrying fewer than 10 people on every trip.
Mr Esplin says each time the bus service operates the company loses about $5,000.
"We cannot provide a public service if it's costing our company heaps of money," he said.
"We've been suffering at the hands of high fuel prices, cut price airlines and so on and in the last couple of years we've lost something like $30 million, so we have to take a good hard look at services which aren't economic, simply to stay in existence," he said.
Roadhouse owners across the Nullarbor say stopping the service will have a devastating impact on their businesses, as well as tourist numbers in the area.
Bob Bongorno, the president of the Eyre Highway Operators Association, says the service was a vital link between Perth and Adelaide and without it, many people will suffer.
"It's probably the longest stretch of road in the world where there is no services whatsoever, it's our one final transport link and it's the only way that operators out on the Nullarbor can get staff out, it's the only way we can get stranded people out," he said.
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