Two new trains to hit the track on Hunter line
Hunter commuters will have more choice with two new direct trains from Singleton to Newcastle, seven days a week, starting from January next year.
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole joined with Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen and community advocates to announce the new services at Singleton station today.
“The Nationals in Government are committed to ensuring no matter where you live in NSW you have access to the services that keep our communities connected,” Mr Toole said.
“We are delivering on our election commitment and we have made sure the trains will hit the tracks from January 5.
“These new services will give customers more flexibility, greater choice and better connections when planning trips to health, education and leisure hubs in the likes of Newcastle, Maitland and Sydney.”
Mr Johnsen said the new services would operate under a 12-month trial and urged people to get on board and show their support.
“We’ve worked hard to make sure these services can become a reality as quickly as possible. Now it’s your turn to show your support for these services so you can enjoy them in the long term,” Mr Johnsen said.
“This is a great example of what can be achieved when community groups, track operators and state government work together for the people of Singleton.
“The timing of the new services will deliver a more even spread of trains across the day, which means you can choose to spend just a morning or afternoon at your destination.
“This means Singleton locals can head to Newcastle for a day at the beach and return home in the early afternoon, while tourists will have more opportunities to discover what Singleton has to offer with its rolling hills, wineries and heritage walks.”
The two extra services will give customers six return options during weekdays and four on the weekends, bridging the current interval in daytime options along the Hunter Line.
*not all stops shown
GREY - Regional XPLORER service. Newcastle time is a Broadmeadow Station
BLUE - New intercity services from 5 January