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Can’t wait to ride

Tuesday, 26th February, 2019

By Callum Marshall

NSW TrainLink received a “phenomenal” response to their information sessions on trial coach services from Broken Hill to Mildura and Adelaide.

Taking place at various spots around town, the sessions and stalls allowed locals to consult with TrainLink staff about how they would like to see coach services operate. 

The two sessions took place at the railway station and library on Monday and Thursday respectively, alongside stalls throughout the week at the Civic Centre, the Tourist Centre, outside Coles and Woolworths, the Aquatic Centre and the library.

NSW TrainLink Chief Operating Officer Pete Allaway said the community consultation had been ‘overwhelmingly positive.’

“We’ve already had 130 surveys completed which is just phenomenal,” he said.

“I think the community have been really supportive for all sorts of different reasons for the services we want to do for Adelaide and Mildura.

“Some of the comments we’ve had back so far is that Adelaide is exceptionally good for people with medical appointments, predominantly people visiting family and friends as well.  

“It seems to have gone down incredibly well for a tourism boost for Broken Hill as well.

“For Mildura it’s obviously popular for shopping, so people have been very excited about that particular aspect with it.

“But also things like the ability for us to try and connect up with the flights coming from Melbourne to Mildura, (opening up) a complete round trip from those areas.”

With feedback on the coach services open until March 22, Mr Allaway encouraged locals to let NSW TrainLink know how they’d like the services to operate.

“The more people who fill out our survey the more we can cater the services,” he said.

“Once we can get all of that information together we’ll come up with the best service pattern from all the feedback we get.

“Locals can pick up survey forms at the train station or at areas like the Council offices and, once completed, return them to our Head Office at 470 Pitt Street in Sydney.

“Or they can fill it out online on our website, which is probably the quickest and easiest way to do it.”

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