Scot MacDonald
NEW EXPRESS TRAIN FOR NEWCASTLE TO SYDNEY
27th Nov 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced train customers travelling to the Sydney CBD from the new Newcastle Interchange can board new fast services to save time and get to the city quicker.

These new services mean customers can save more than three hours a week, or more than 35 minutes each day on their trips.

Mr MacDonald acknowledged customers have been calling for faster rail services - so this is great news for those who can now spend more time at home and less time travelling to and from Sydney.

“Once these services hit the tracks, they will operate as part of a six-month trial, so I encourage customers to get on board tomorrow morning and show their support for faster services.

“We’ve made sure these services are timed perfectly for the eight-hour work day, and by tweaking existing operations, we’ll be using more modern and reliable Oscar trains” Mr MacDonald said.

“We’ve also thought about customers further afield than Newcastle with Maitland customers on the Hunter Line still able to change trains and connect to the faster service.

“We’d like to make this a permanent service for Newcastle customers so we’ll be monitoring the trial, customer feedback and Opal data closely”.

“And with the brand new Intercity fleet hitting the tracks from 2019, Newcastle customers can look forward to faster services in the future,” Mr MacDonald said.

The new service will depart Newcastle Interchange at 5:03am and arrive at Central Station at 7.26am, replacing the existing 4.40am train from Hamilton.

The afternoon train will leave at 3:45pm from Sydney - the same time as the current service.

Travel times for some 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.

The new service will be the fastest option available for Newcastle-Sydney customers. Customers from stations not served by the new trial service can connect at local hubs like Morisset, Wyong or Gosford.

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 from 26 November.

 

Station

AM

Newcastle to Sydney

Station

PM

Sydney to Newcastle

Newcastle Interchange

5:03

Central

3:45

Hamilton

5:06

Strathfield

3:58

Broadmeadow

5:09

Epping

4:10

Morisset

5:39

Hornsby

4:22

Wyong

5:54

Woy Woy

4:55

Tuggerah

5:57

Gosford

5:03

Gosford

6:11

Tuggerah

5:15

Woy Woy

6:18

Wyong

5:18

Hornsby

6:52

Morisset

5:32

Epping

7:02

Broadmeadow

6:04

Strathfield

7:12

Hamilton

6:08

Central

7:26

Newcastle Interchange

6:12