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To: NSW State Government - Minister for Transport - Gladys Berejiklian

Hunter community demand a fast 2 hour train service to Sydney

We want a two hour intercity train service linking Newcastle and Sydney.

The State Government promised some express train services but the recently leaked draft timetable did not include any express services for Hunter commuters.

There is no reason why the timetable cannot include at least some two hour express intercity services – ideally two in the morning – (say leaving Newcastle at 6:30am and 7:30 am) and two in the late afternoon (leaving Central at say 4:30pm and 5:30pm).

The current semi-fast services take 2.5 hours each way meaning a daily trip takes 5 hours travel time for a 9am to 5pm work day which is wasteful and highly inefficient in this modern day and age. Little wonder that most people elect to drive on the F3 which just adds to the traffic congestion and is simply unsustainable in the longer term.

The new time table must include some express intercity services which will reduce the travel time to approximately 2 hours each way – 4 hours return.

In a recent editorial the Newcastle Herald stated as follows – (see copy attached):

The long promised re-introduction of express intercity services… would make rail travel competitive with the F3. An express would shave away more (unnecessary) stops to achieve better travel times between the main centres.

In this day and age it is absurd that the fastest intercity train service between NSWs two largest cities has an average travel speed of approximately 65kph.

If this average travel speed was increased to just 80kph the trip would take 2 hours.

By comparison in the UK the regular train from London to York does the 200 mile trip in 2 hours - making the average speed approximately 160kph. Not to mention the Eurostar which travels between London and Paris at even higher speeds.

Whist we understand that comparisons are difficult, it is unacceptable that the fastest Newcastle to Sydney train is so slow, when it could be so easily improved by eliminating unnecessary stops, at the very least.

Newcastle and Hunter business people and commuters demand some express rail services between Newcastle and Sydney. Unnecessary stops must be eliminated to ensure at least some 2 hour express services are included in the new timetable.

Why is this important?

The current Newcastle to Sydney train service is slow and inefficient because it has too many unnecessary stops. Currently the fastest train trip takes 2.5 hours which is much too slow. Many people drive on the F3 because the train is so slow.

The new State Government promised fast express intercity train services but have yet to deliver. The recently leaked draft timetable did not include any express services to Newcastle which is completely unacceptable.

The express intercity services can be easily created by eliminating all unnecessary stops such as Wyong, Woy Woy, Tuggerah, Epping and Strathfield which will reduce travel time significantly.

Reasons for signing

  • My wife and I love Newcastle and if the commute was quicker to Sydney for work we would look at relocating there.
  • I'm an ex Novocastrian when I visit friends and rellies I use the train and I know how important the train is. DON'T ALLOW GREEDY DEVELOPERS TO RIP UP THE LINE!!
  • I hope to not only stop the rail closure in Newcastle but ask the NSW state govt to invest in rail services


2013-08-01 16:13:13 +1000

Hi all
We have cracked 1100 - fantastic - lets go for 2000
We have sent a subsequent submission to Transport NSW as well as the pollies and are seeking a meeting to press our case to present the petition to date
Meanwhile we need to keep up the pressure with more names on the petition

2013-07-27 14:36:03 +1000

1,000 signatures reached

2013-07-07 17:10:00 +1000

Hi all
We're about to crash through the 600 barrier - fantastic
We want to get 1000 if possible - keep it up

2013-07-03 22:46:14 +1000

500 signatures reached

2013-07-03 19:46:39 +1000

We are just about to push through the 500 barrier which is great work. We need to start reaching out to those who have yet to hear about the campaign. Some supporters have started to hand out flyers on the Newcastle trains and at commuter carparks. If you would like to join us please do. Create your own tag line or flyer or email me for ours

2013-06-25 22:05:23 +1000

I hope someone could get this petition going around the Uni of Newcastle any takers?

2013-06-23 13:40:36 +1000

Did you see the article in the Newcastle Herald yesterday page 34
That's Saturday June 22nd
would be great of you could write a letter to the Herald to support the campaign