By Monty Jacka, Rebekah Lougher and Taylor Strudwick
Locals and commuters alike will have more flexibility with a second NSW TrainLink Service to Sydney to commence in 2020 – giving Rydal and Tarana locals a chance to climb aboard.
The National’s candidate and local member Paul Toole confirmed the new service, saying that the additional bullet service will provide double the options to locals.
The current service departs Bathurst at 5:46am on weekdays and returns to Bathurst just after 9:30 each weekday only making a few stops at Lithgow and stations on the Blue Mountains line.
The second daily Bullet service would leave Bathurst around 7:30am each weekday and arrive in Bathurst around 7pm, with the long awaited stops at Rydal and Tarana included on this service.
Oberon Council Mayor Kathy Sajowitz has welcomed the State Government’s announcement, saying the Tarana stop will save the people of Oberon time when it comes to travelling to Sydney.
“Tarana is much closer, much more convenient for the people of Oberon and much more parking. It’s just a better location and a timesaver,” Ms Sajowitz said.
“Bathurst Bullet goes out very very early, which means that people have to leave Oberon at the crack of dawn to actually get on it.”
Lithgow City Council has also welcomed the additional stop at Rydal, with Councillor Stephen Lesslie saying the new stop is a courtesy to the people of Rydal.
“It’s a good thing, it certainly won’t slow down the train and it gives people outside the main metropolitan areas of Lithgow and Bathurst an opportunity to catch the train,” Mr Lesslie said.
Mr Toole and Transport for NSW have confirmed work has begun to get the new service operational with Opal ticket gates and readers to be installed at Tarana train station.
New carriages will also be built for the service out of a new maintenance facility in Dubbo, with the new fleet to be rolled out across the state’s rail network from early 2020.
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