Chelsea Gibbs & Sally Rummery
An additional NSW TrainLink train service is expected to make Bathurst and Lithgow commuters travel times more flexible. Bathurst MP, Paul Toole announced the daily Bathurst Bullet express service between Bathurst and Sydney would be anticipated to gain the added service by 2020.
The announcement comes as Toole was formally reselected as the National’s candidate for the upcoming 2019 state election, to be held in March. The MP currently holds the seat by a fifteen percent margin and says he’s looking forward to the changes to the Bathurst Bullet as part of his campaign.
The express service has been operational since 2012 and many say that while its been popular, the timing of the once a day service is not ideal. Mackillop College student, Gabby Farraway is a regular of the Bathurst Bullet and says the changes will be beneficial for commuters. “I travel down to see my father who lives in Sydney twice a month and I think the changes would be good, I wouldn’t have to sit around all day. It would be a decent time to get the train home”.
The Bullet currently leaves Bathurst at 5:46am and arrives back at 9:32 that night. Paul Toole says the new service will double the options and make the journey more appealing for more people. “People love the Bullet for being a fast, comfortable way to make a day trip to Sydney”. Currently, many commuters are choosing to catch early afternoon Blue Mountains services to Lithgow and connecting coach services on to Bathurst, rather than wait for the afternoon train.
The new service will depart Bathurst at 7:30am and return before 7:00pm in the evening. Transport NSW is confident the proposal will better suit their customers needs and will encourage more people to use the service. National’s MP, Paul Toole says the decision to introduce the additional service was based on an analysis of travel patterns and feedback from the local Bathurst community.