Member for Murray Austin Evans today called for feedback on a proposed new midweek train service between Griffith and Sydney designed to boost the number of direct services to meet demand.

The new service, which is scheduled to start in the second half of next year, would give families, tourists and business people more flexible and affordable travel options between the two cities with the opportunity to spend a weekend or several weekdays at their destination before returning home.

Pictured at Griffith Train Station, Griffith Mayor John Dal Broi, Member for Murray Austin Evans and Trainlink Senior Customer Attendant Rita Montalto

The communities of Leeton, Narrandera, Coolamon, Junee and Cootamundra would also benefit from more travel options between regional hubs.

“The services that NSW TrainLink is proposing will benefit customers who want to use public transport to travel between major hubs whether it be for work, business, medical appointments, shopping or just to visit family and friends, without the hassle of driving and in the comfort of a train,” Mr Evans said.

“With more choice and flexibility for direct train travel, customers from Sydney could enjoy a long weekend in Griffith, providing a boost to the local economy while customers heading to Sydney can plan two or three-day stays during the week.”

The proposed Sydney-bound service would depart Griffith on either Thursday or Friday, with a morning or afternoon departure. The Sydney to Griffith service would operate either on Wednesday or Thursday with an early morning or midday departure.

The new services would complement existing train and coach services operated by NSW TrainLink. Currently, customers have one direct train between Griffith and Sydney, which operates on the weekend only.

“This is win for the Riverina and all part of our commitment to provide better public transport links for regional communities,” he said.

“We want the community to get behind this midweek option and that’s why we are asking them for feedback on how and when these services are operated.”

Community consultation, including an online survey, will start from February next year.

  Griffith to Sydney Sydney to Griffith

 

NEW

(Option A)

Thursday

7.30am to 4.15pm OR

1.10pm to 9.41pm

Wednesday

7.12am-3.20pm OR

12.01pm to 8.10pm

 

NEW

(Option B)

Friday

7.30am to 4.15pm OR

1.10pm to 9.41pm

Thursday

7.12am to 3.20pm OR

12.01pm to 8.10pm

Current

Sunday

7.30am to 4.15pm

Saturday

7.05am to 3.25pm

The above times are indicative and subject to change following community consultation.