Bus-ted: Prime Minister travelling Queensland on VIP jet not the “ScoMo Express”.
Bus-ted: Prime Minister travelling Queensland on VIP jet not the “ScoMo Express”.

ScoMo Express a bus with no passengers as PM opts to fly

PRIME Minister Scott Morrison was expected to roll into Townsville on Wednesday in his blue self-styled "ScoMo Express", but it turns out the bus will likely be empty.

Mr Morrison is in Queensland for a four-day charm offensive, with a stop in Townsville on Wednesday to appear on a special edition of Paul Murray Live to answer voters' questions in a forum broadcast on Sky News and WIN.

But it has been revealed the Prime Minister and his staff will travel most of the 1500 kilometre journey aboard a Royal Australian Air Force VIP jet.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported the ghost bus will have only its driver aboard for several legs of the trip, including the stretch from the Sunshine Coast to Gladstone.

It is understood Mr Morrison's office confirmed the cost of the ScoMo Express would be paid out of Liberal Party funds, but taxpayers will foot the bill for the VIP plane and hotel costs.

Meanwhile, Mayor Jenny Hill said she had written to Mr Morrison seeking a meeting to discuss details of the Government's $200 million funding commitment for Stage 2 of the Haughton Pipeline project.

"The door's open, it's really up to what the Prime Minister wants to do," she said.

LNP Dawson MP George Christensen told the Bulletin he had passed on the meeting request and was waiting to hear from the PM's office.

Herbert MP Cathy O'Toole said she hoped the Prime Minister used his visit to Townsville to listen to the community.

"He needs to come and listen to the people who are trying to make ends meet," she said.

"We have also energy issues here."

Mr Morrison's four-day tour of regional Queensland started on the Gold Coast and will continue north with stops planned in Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Gladstone and Mackay, before reaching Townsville.