ANDERSON STILL TRACKING WITH
INCREASED RAIL SERVICES
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson says increased train services to and from Tamworth remains a top priority following a positive planning meeting with the Minister for Transport Andrew Constance, Transport for NSW and NSW Trainlink today.
Mr Anderson said he has asked Transport for NSW to investigate options of a daily return service from Tamworth to Sydney and Newcastle.
“Today we talked about a number of possibilities that could see increased passenger rail services, and I was very encouraged by their enthusiasm.
“Tamworth is a growing city and the need for affordable and convenient travel options is becoming greater as time goes on. We need to be looking at how increased rail services could work so that we are better positioned to meet our community’s travel needs.
“Some of the options that could be considered include breaking the train at Broadmeadow, so people can either go to Newcastle or stay on the train and go through to Sydney.”
“There are a good number of people using rail and it is the preferred travel option for seniors and those with mobility challenges like wheelchairs and walking frames. If we can provide an acceptable timetable and a daily return service then I believe those numbers will grow.
“In addition to a potential daily service I am pushing to see work continue on improving the passenger train fleet so that when people travel via rail it’s not just a reliable service but a comfortable and pleasant experience as well.
“We want to see tourism and business in the Tamworth electorate grow and I believe delivering a fast, reliable and more frequent rail service will go a long way to achieving this.
“To build a better rail service we need to remain persistent in our approach, but we also need to get it right which is why I won’t rest until we have delivered the service that the community is calling for,” Mr Anderson concluded.