News of a new midweek train service for Griffith has delighted residents, but none more so than Peter Knox.
Mr Knox has spent years campaigning for another Sydney to Griffith train service, railing against the lack of services to anyone who will listen.
Now after years of chugging along, he has managed to get state and local government on board.
“It’s been a long fight, but good things come to those who wait,” Mr Knox said.
Mr Knox had been circulating a petition which steadily gathered 1000 signatures, including those of politicians including Michael Kidd, Austin Evans, and Helen Dalton.
In a rare case of political unity, the Labor-aligned Mr Knox managed to get politicians from different ends of the spectrum to put aside their differences.
Mr Knox said the community had also been incredibly helpful in his push, and he claims that 99.9 per cent of the people he has spoken to support the idea of a midweek train service.
They will soon be able to go down to Sydney for a short visit without being stranded waiting for the next weekend train to arrive.
At the moment there is only the weekend service, which heads to Griffith on a Saturday and leaves for Sydney on a Sunday.
Mr Knox said a new train service would also make Griffith a more appealing tourist destination for Sydneysiders.
“We’ve got so much to offer; we’ve got the best restaurants anywhere,” he said.
“Nothing compares to what Griffith’s got; there are so many things to see and do here.”
The new train service is due to begin in the second half of next year, but first there will be a community consultation period beginning in February.
They are currently considering a Griffith-bound service on a Wednesday or Thursday and a Sydney-bound service of a Thursday or Friday.
Residents will be asked what times best suit them before the final decision.