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NSW TrainLink Regional Coach trials

NSW TrainLink is trialling plans to trial new coach connections to better connect regional communities. These services are designed to provide new or additional links between:

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Each trial aims to provide new connections for regional communities, whether it be for commuters, people attending medical or business appointments, shopping trips, recreational activities or to catch up with family and friends.

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The trial of the new connections between Tamworth and Newcastle, Tamworth and Dubbo and Tamworth and Port Macquarie started on Monday 12 March 2018.

The trial will operate for six months to assess demand for the service and will determine the ongoing whether it continues permanently.

Give us your feedback and WIN*

To assist us in ensuring the Tamworth and Newcastle, Tamworth and Dubbo and Tamworth and Port Macquarie coach trials are a success and continue to operate permanently, we are conducting a community survey.

Please complete our short survey and answer a simple question about public transport in regional NSW for your chance to WIN a six month adult Economy Discovery Pass (valued at $420.00)*.

*Full terms and conditions for the competition (pdf 74KB)


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A six month coach trial will operate between Wagga Wagga and Albury from Monday 16 July to allow you to travel between the two cities in the morning, in either direction, and then return in the afternoon.

The stops originally proposed for The Rock, Henty and Culcairn have been added to following consultation with the community to also include Uranquinty, Yerong Creek, Gerogery, Lavington and Wodonga.

The trials are designed to provide the community with a convenient day return service to complement the existing XPT trains serving the region.


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Community consultation for the proposed trials between Goulburn and Canberra and between Goulburn and Sydney was carried out during February and March 2018.

Feedback is currently being evaluated to help NSW TrainLink assess demand for the trials and design services that meet the needs of local communities.

From 16 May NSW TrainLink has been trialling day return services from Brewarrina and Bourke to Dubbo. Services run on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

You will be able to travel to Dubbo in the morning and return to Bourke and Brewarrina in the evening.

The new services will improve access for the communities of Bourke and Brewarrina to medical and healthcare providers, businesses, shopping and recreational activities in the main regional centre of Dubbo.

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From Sunday 17 June NSW TrainLink is reducing travel times between Young and Sydney with the trial of an extra coach service connecting to XPT services.

The journey between Young and Sydney involves a transfer at Cootamundra Station. The additional coach service provides a more seamless connection with XPT trains saving two hours on the journey time between Young and Sydney.

The trial will operate for six months to assess demand for the service whether it continues permanently.

Existing regional fares between Young and Sydney apply for the trial.

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