ORANGE residents could soon have access to the Bathurst Bullet.
The days of missing the Bullet by 15 minutes could soon be over if Orange resident Col Spicer has his way.
Mr Spicer is vision impaired and relies on public transport to get around and he recently contacted member for Orange Andrew Gee to highlight how “ridiculous” it is that the bus from Orange arrives in Bathurst at 6.14am yet the Bullet leaves at 6am.
He called on Mr Gee to go into bat for his community.
“He’s our local member, he should be our eyes and ears,” he said.
Mr Gee responded and as recently as Tuesday he met with the NSW TrainLink chief executive Rob Mason, and members of the state and regional development committee to discuss the committee’s inquiry into inter-regional public transport.
“I indicated to Mr Mason that timetabling was a major issue in regional NSW and that this would be a significant topic in the committee’s report,” Mr Gee said.
Mr Gee said that he was under the impression Mr Mason was “not closed” to the idea of further timetable reform in regional NSW.
Mr Gee said it was not Mr Spicer’s inquiry into the issue that sparked his response, rather a connection to the Bullet from Orange was a plan he supported.
“I have for some time been discussing with the transport minister’s office the possibility of a trial bus connection to the Bullet and those discussions will continue,” he said.
Mr Spicer said he could not understand why Bathurst had been prioritised over Orange when it comes to transport.
“Bathurst are the only station to get this preferential treatment, a line straight to central,” he said.
“It’s not a commuter train which means it doesn’t have to leave at a certain time.”
Mr Spicer said he had contacted Mr Gee’s office “three or four times” however Mr Gee said Mr Spicer had received a response from the minister for transport which said a link to the Bullet from Orange was being considered.