PASSENGERS aboard the train running between Griffith and Sydney will experience improved travel times later this month but locals don’t think improvements will go far enough.
TrainLink NSW will implement a new timetable on Sunday, October 20 that will offer passengers aboard the Griffith Xplorer a faster trip by an average of 29 minutes.
Despite the improvement, local travel agent Josie Romeo has called for an extra service.
“More direct train services would benefit Griffith because Greyhound no longer operates its direct bus service,” Mrs Romeo said.
“Other than the one direct TrainLink service per week, people who want to travel from Griffith to Sydney have to catch a bus to Wagga and then the train to Sydney, which takes 10 hours.
“I know from the people who come in to buy tickets that there is certainly enough demand to warrant a second train service.”
For retirees that cannot afford an airfare or find the bus trip unmanageable, the train is the only option according to President of the Griffith branch of the Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association of NSW, Peter Knox.
He said he had been in constant talks with the state government over the last three years to make sure the one remaining direct link is secure.
“The train service is so vital to older Griffith residents and low-income earners because airfares are prohibitively expensive and bus trips can be awakward when you suffer from limited mobility,” Mr Knox said.
“The direct train is the best way to stop the tyranny of distance because you can get up and walk around, so any improvement is appreciated.
“Of course, I would like to see more services per week, as just the one service is very restrictive.”
The improved travel time will be achieved by stopping at Sydneham rather than Strathfield.
- Travellers can check the new timetable at www.nswtrainlink.info or call 132 232 and anyone currently holding a booking for travel on or after October 20 will be contacted.