I congratulate those responsible for introducing a second Bullet train service from Bathurst to Central.
However I fail to comprehend how a connecting bus service linking Orange to Bathurst has not been included with this new service.
To have a spokeswoman for NSW Trainlink say that "we are still investigating all the options for a connection" is nonsense. What other options are available?
Why should our Federal Member have to waste his and his staff's time chasing up something which should have been included when the introduction of the service was announced.
Paul Toole, Andrew Constance and their mates in Macquarie Street obviously forget that there is a lot of NSW west of Bathurst.
Governments are elected to lead and are expected to be proactive in looking after all residents of NSW, no matter where they live.
There has been no leadership shown in this case.
To Paul Toole, it is very easy.
Instruct NSW Trainlink to introduce the bus service to link Orange with Bullet Train 2.
STILL CHASING THE TRAIN
I recently sent an email to Paul Toole about the extension of the Bullet train to Orange.
He didn't reply but I had an email earlier this week explaining why we should have to put up with the coach travel to Bathurst to join the train there.
I contacted Paul Toole because he said when he reopened the Millthorpe railway station that they, "just wouldn't shut up".
A few years ago my husband had cancer surgery in Sydney and this meant that we needed to travel to Sydney for follow-up appointments.
I contacted Paul Toole because he said when he reopened the Millthorpe railway station that they, "just wouldn't shut up".MARY GROCOTT
We originally took the bus to Lithgow and then by electric train to Sydney for his appointments.
We did the reverse trip the same day and caught the bus from Lithgow to Orange.
Later we travelled by bus to Bathurst and then to Sydney on the Bullet.
We took an earlier train to Lithgow and then bus to Orange.
We both found the bus trip very uncomfortable and I mentioned this in my email to him.
In the reply I received the suggestion was made that, "If you find the bus trip uncomfortable, why not take the XPT?"
We could have done this but it would have meant staying in Sydney for two nights - something we could not afford even with the costs being covered by IPTAAS.
I have replied to this email directly to the Minister for Transport, Andrew Constance and pointed this out to him.
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