New fast Newcastle to Sydney service
Train customers travelling between Newcastle and Sydney could save more than three hours a week, or more than 35 minutes each day, with a new, fast service to be trialed from late November.
The first service will hit the tracks on 26 November and operate as part of a six month trial, running between Newcastle Interchange and Central Station.
The new service, departing Hamilton Station at 5:06am will replace the existing morning train at 4.40am.
The afternoon train will leave at 3:45pm from Sydney - the same time as the current service.
Travel times for existing customers will be slashed by as much as 26 minutes on the Newcastle-Sydney leg while there will be up to 11 minutes saved on the return trip in the afternoon.
“Customers travelling to and from Sydney have been screaming out for faster rail services so this is great news for the early starters who will not only spend less time travelling, they will also enjoy more time in bed, with a later morning service,” Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said.
Customers from stations not served by the new trial service can connect at local hubs like Morisset, Wyong, or Gosford.
“We’ve also thought about customers further afield than Newcastle with Maitland customers on the Hunter Line still able to change trains to connect to this premium service,” Mr Constance said.
“And with the brand new intercity fleet on the way from 2019, Newcastle customers can look forward to faster services in the future.”
Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot Macdonald said regular commuters had asked him about the possibility of running this trial.
“We have listened to the community, who have asked us to trial this service to make the trip to Sydney easier,” Mr Macdonald said.The trial forms part of the NSW Government’s $1.5 billion More Trains More Services Program which will provide an urgent uplift in customer service on the rail network.