ORANGE was “dudded” when Bathurst got its Bathurst Bullet daily train service last year and the feeling of being left behind has sparked Orange City Council to start lobbying for better transport connections to Sydney.
The state government spent $7 million refurbishing a train last year for the daily service from Bathurst that costs $1 million a year to run.
But because the train leaves Bathurst at 5.48am on weekdays and the coach service from Orange arrives around 15 minutes later, Orange residents are missing out.
Cr Neil Jones led the push for the council to lobby the government after he was approached by Dr Peter Bilenkij.
Both met with member for Orange Andrew Gee who indicated he would go in to bat for Orange.
Cr Chris Gryllis said the council needed to take action to improve transport.
“I can’t see why we should be the poor cousins,” he said.
General manager Garry Styles suggested an extra coach service connecting Orange to the electric rail at Lithgow may be the best option, rather than pushing for Bathurst’s daily train service to be extended to Orange.
Cr Kidd agreed, saying Bathurst got its train through decades of lobbying while Orange had stayed silent.
“I can’t remember us jumping and down about it,” he said.
Cr Jeff Whitton said the Bathurst bullet discriminated against Orange residents because tickets could not be pre-booked.
Mayor Cr John Davis said the council had asked for the train to be housed in Orange overnight rather than return to Lithgow and go back to Bathurst in the morning for the passenger service.
“The biggest thing with the Bathurst connection was that [member for Bathurst Paul] Toole did a fantastic job politically,” he said.