COMMUNITY INVITED TO HAVE A SAY ON NEW COACH SERVICES
Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Roads, Maritime and Freight and Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson is inviting the community to have their say on new trial coach services that will transport people between Tamworth other major regional centres in NSW.
Community members will be able to meet with NSW TrainLink representatives to find out more and provide comment on proposals to connect Tamworth with Newcastle, Dubbo and Port Macquarie at community information sessions starting at Tamworth on 13 December 2017.
Mr Anderson will launch community consultation at the first information session at Tamworth Community Centre on 13 December. Community members are invited to drop in between 11am and 2pm to hear presentations, discuss the proposed trials and provide feedback.
The proposed trials would provide people from Tamworth and surrounding areas with new options to connect to other communities for medical and business appointments, shopping, recreational activities or to catch-up with friends and family.
Mr Anderson said he had been working closely with NSW TrainLink to plan the new services being trialled to provide better connectivity for people in regional communities.
“This is great news for people in the Tamworth area with three new trial services being proposed to connect the region to other major regional centres,” Mr Anderson said.
“Newcastle has all of the services of Sydney so locals have been asking for the opportunity to have a day return service from Tamworth.
“NSW TrainLink’s trial coach service would connect Tamworth with existing trains in the Upper Hunter to provide convenient connections to and from Newcastle.
“This will mean people can travel from Tamworth to Newcastle and back in one day, avoiding the need to stay overnight.
“The new service will complement the existing XPLORER train services to and from Sydney and Newcastle each day.
“For those wanting to escape to the coast, the Tamworth to Port Macquarie trial would provide direct public transport for a weekend getaway or to connect with the XPT services up and down the coast at Wauchope.
“The consultation will also seek the community’s feedback on a new coach service that would open up the Central West, with a direct coach to Dubbo and connections through to places like Lightning Ridge, Nyngan, Broken Hill, Orange and Bathurst.
“I encourage everyone with an interest in using these proposed services to come along to the engagement session to provide feedback.
“Feedback from the consultation process will help NSW TrainLink understand things such as the level of demand for the proposed services and when people want to travel so that they can plan schedules that best meet the community’s needs.
“Subject to the community’s input I will be working with NSW TrainLink to get the trials up and running by Easter 2018.”
Details of the other information sessions for Tamworth, to be held in January 2018, will be announced at the first session on 13 December 2017.
A community survey will be launched at the first engagement session to enable people to provide feedback on the trials even if they are unable to attend one of the engagement sessions.
Community members with enquiries about the trials or the information sessions can contact the NSW TrainLink team:
Phone: 02 9232 9531