Bathurst Bullet to receive upgrades as part of The Nationals election campaign

Chelsea Gibbs & Sally Rummery

Bathurst train station

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”.

Gabby Farraway
Gabby Farraway

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.