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Fast train just the ticket

Tuesday, 7th May, 2019

Waiting for a train: Members of the Peterborough Transport Group at the Peterborough Railway Station. PICTURE: Garry K Stubbs Waiting for a train: Members of the Peterborough Transport Group at the Peterborough Railway Station. PICTURE: Garry K Stubbs

The people of Peterborough are calling for the return of the passenger train between Adelaide and Broken Hill.

With the approach of the federal election, a group has been formed to press the Commonwealth to fund a fast train service that could provide a boost to country towns.

A morning train would leave from Broken Hill and stop on request at Cockburn, Mingary, Olary, Manna Hill, Yunta, Oodlawirra and then Peterborough, Jamestown, Gladstone, Crystal Brook, Snowtown, Balaklava, Mallala, Elizabeth and Adelaide.

A return service could then run in the evening, said Belinda Spooner of the Peterborough Transport Group.

Ms Spooner said they were seeking federal instead of state funding because of  the interstate connection. 

The cost would be about $60 million for the two-train service, Ms Spooner said. 

Such a service could boost the population in the northern region of SA and provide a safe trip to Adelaide for those having to travel for medical appointments, she said.

“The use of this transport type in Victoria has seen regional towns grow rapidly as people use the train to get to work in the city or another centre,” Ms Spooner said.

“Government is required to provide community obligations and we believe that in 2019 a fast railway service for the Mid North is long overdue. 

“There is little cost in infrastructure and operating costs should be enjoyed as they are in the city.”

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