New passenger rail services for Singleton
With more passenger rail services to begin on Sunday between Singleton and the Newcastle Interchange, Mayor of Singleton, Cr Sue Moore is encouraging commuters at both ends to get on board and take advantage of more options to travel from one end of the Lower Hunter to the other.
Families in Newcastle can leave the city behind and experience Singleton’s reputation as a playtime destination, including the recently unveiled all-abilities playground at Rose Point Park and the award-winning Riverside Park.
Two new direct train services announced by Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole will come into effect from Sunday 5 January, operating seven days a week for a 12-month trial period throughout 2020.
The result of a campaign by the Two More Trains for Singleton group and supported by Singleton Council, the services give Singleton and Branxton customers six return options from Sydney and Newcastle on weekdays and four on weekends.
But Cr Moore said it was also an opportunity for people down the line to build on the success of the Newcastle light rail and climb aboard for a journey north to Singleton.
“Singleton is fast becoming a regional destination, offering boutique shopping, cosmopolitan cafes and of course award-winning playgrounds for a fun and enjoyable day trip for all ages,” she said.
“And it’s even easier to get here and get home again with more options to leave the car in the garage, forget the stress of congestion and take in the beautiful scenery of our local government area.
“With the new services now in operation, it’s a great opportunity for people in Newcastle and Maitland to embark on a school holiday adventure and discover what’s great about Singleton.
“You can also start planning a visit to Singleton to join us for our bicentennial commemorations, particularly over the weekend of 13-14 March 2020.”
The first of the new services will leave Newcastle on Sunday at 2.24pm, and arrive in Singleton at 3.28pm. The first new service out of Singleton will depart at 3.34pm and arrive at Newcastle at 4.47pm.
For the full timetable or to plan your trip, visit https://transportnsw.info
Cr Moore said the people of Singleton had advocated for additional public transport options for more than 10 years, and the new services were a great way to start the new decade.
But it is now up to the community to keep them operating.
“Our community has worked incredibly hard for the introduction of these services, and now it’s up to us to use them to make sure they remain a permanent fixture on the timetable between Newcastle and Singleton,” Cr Moore said.
“We see coal trains travelling between Singleton and Newcastle every day, and now we’re set to experience the same regularity with people.
“Whether you’re going to Maitland, Newcastle or Sydney for leisure or work, heading back to the University of Newcastle after the summer break, or if you live in Newcastle or Maitland and travel regularly to Singleton, the train really is a good option for wherever you’re headed.”