NSW Nationals MPs are calling for public feedback about a proposed new midweek train service between Griffith and Sydney to meet demand.
The new service, which is scheduled to start in the second half of next year, would give families, tourists and business people more flexible and affordable travel options with the opportunity to spend a weekend or several weekdays at their destination before returning home. The communities of Leeton, Narrandera, Coolamon, Junee and Cootamundra would also benefit from more travel options between regional hubs.
Member for Murray Austin Evans and Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke, whose electorates would benefit from the service, were keen to hear from the public.
“The services that NSW TrainLink is proposing will benefit customers who want to use public transport to travel between major hubs whether it be for work, business, medical appointments, shopping or just to visit family and friends, without the hassle of driving and in the comfort of a train,” Mr Evans said. “With more choice and flexibility for direct train travel, customers from Sydney could enjoy a long weekend in Griffith, providing a boost to the local economy while customers heading to Sydney can plan two or three-day stays during the week.”
The proposed Sydney-bound service would depart Griffith on either Thursday or Friday, with a morning or afternoon departure. The Sydney to Griffith service would operate either on Wednesday or Thursday with an early morning or midday departure. The new services would complement existing train and coach services operated by NSW TrainLink. Currently, customers have one direct train between Griffith and Sydney, which operates on the weekend only.
“This is win for the Riverina and all part of our commitment to provide better public transport links for regional communities,” Ms Cooke said. “We want the community to get behind this midweek option and that’s why we are asking them for feedback on how and when these services are operated.”
Community consultation, including an online survey, will start from February next year.
Proposed times for Sydney to Griffith service (Wednesday or Thursday):
Sydney: 7.12am or 12.01pm
Campbelltown: 7.48am or 12.37pm
Cootamundra: 12.26pm or 5.14pm
Junee: 1.07pm or 5.55pm
Coolamon: 1.42pm or 6.30pm
Narrandera: 2.21pm or 7.09pm
Leeton: 2:44pm or 7:09pm
Griffith: 3.20pm or 8.08pm
Proposed times for Sydney to Griffith service (Thursday or Friday):
Griffith: 7.30am or 1.10pm
Leeton: 8:08am or 1:47pm
Narrandera: 8.32am or 2.10pm
Coolamon: 9.08am or 2.46pm
Junee: 9.49am or 3.27pm
Cootamundra: 10.40am or 4.18pm
Campbelltown: 3.28pm or 8.57pm
Sydney: 4.15pm or 9.41pm
The above times are indicative and subject to change following community consultation.