NSW Nationals Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen has secured up to three additional return train services from Singleton to Newcastle.

Mr Johnsen said this matter had been subject of consideration and discussion with the community for some time, and thanks to hard work it was now becoming a reality.

“As the local Member of Parliament my job was to listen to our Singleton community and represent their needs to the Minister of Transport and the Government,” Mr Johnsen said.

“As a result of my lobbying, and the efforts of many in our local community, the Nationals in Government have listened to the community and will be introducing these services. As a member of the Nationals in Government, I am proud of the fact we have introduced 30,000 additional public transport services across our state, and this will be yet another example of how your Government is delivering better outcomes for local communities.”

The Nationals in Government have had very productive talks with Singleton Council and the Two More Trains for Singleton group. These relationships are a fantastic example of what can happen when everyone works together to get a positive outcome.

At present there are four weekday return services from Singleton to Newcastle Interchange, and two weekend services. Transport for NSW is looking at options that will bridge the current interval in daytime journeys through additional services.

Mr Johnsen revealed options under consideration will bring more travel opportunities during the middle of the day and later in the evening.

“By providing greater choice and frequency, rail services will become more attractive to more customers who make day return trips to Maitland and Newcastle,” Mr Johnsen said. “A later evening service to Singleton will also enable customers returning to Singleton from Sydney to leave Sydney later in the afternoon.”

“This is yet another example of the Nationals in Government doing the hard work, and making the funds available through good management, so we can deliver for rural and regional NSW.”

Transport for NSW is also looking at ways to improve weekend services to better align with customer needs.

Planning work for the new passenger services is underway with the Australian Government’s Australian Rail Track Corporation to ensure these services can be provided without disrupting important freight and coal supply-chain movements in the Hunter Valley.

Services will commence early next year.