Whatever may or may not be happening with Maitland’s trains needs to be resolved – and quickly.

Save Our Rail has claimed that two diesel trains have been removed from the Hunter to provide extra trains between Bathurst and Sydney.

The group claims the trains were sent to Eveleigh Rail Yard in Sydney – one after a collision and the other for maintenance – and have not been returned.

RailCorp, on the other hand, has stated unequivocally: “No trains have been diverted from the Maitland line (Hunter line) for the new Bathurst to Sydney service.”

But it does concede: “The trains for the Bathurst

service will be sourced from Eveleigh Rail Yard in Sydney.”

The statements clearly do not marry – perhaps


But in order for public confidence in Maitland’s train system to be restored there needs to be some sort of resolution to this situation.

What is not in question is the need for an adequate train service for Maitland.

We all know that Maitland is one of the fastest growing cities in regional Australia; we also know that our roads are overly congested.

Few people would dispute that, for the sake of our roads and the environment, more people must be encouraged on to public transport.

If Save Our Rail’s claims are correct and the Hunter’s line’s capacity has been reduced by 15 per cent, then

this has been a poor decision and one that must be immediately reversed.

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