Scot MacDonald
9th Mar 2018

 Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has welcomed confirmation that the New South Wales Government has been successful in obtaining funding from the Commonwealth to develop a business case under the $20 million Faster Rail initiative.

The funding follows a competitive assessment process and will be used to explore opportunities to reduce travel time between Sydney and Newcastle.

“The State Government and the Hunter community welcome the opportunity to develop a business case to reduce travel times on the Newcastle to Sydney rail service”, Mr MacDonald said.

“There are more than 1.6 million journey’s on the line each month so any potential time savings would be significant”.

“Faster Rail is focused on passenger services rather than freight, and will investigate works including reducing track curvature, deviations and realignments, removal of level crossings, junction rearrangement and better segregation of passenger and freight services.”

The business case will be co-funded by the Commonwealth and NSW Governments and is expected to be delivered within 12-18 months.