New passenger rail services start today – Sunday, 5 January 2020 – between Singleton and the Newcastle Interchange. 

Mayor of Singleton, Cr Sue Moore encourages commuters at both ends to take advantage of more options to travel from one end of the Lower Hunter to the other.

Two new direct train services announced by Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole will operate seven days a week for a 12-month trial period throughout 2020.

The result of a campaign by the Two More Trains for Singleton group and supported by Singleton Council, the services give Singleton and Branxton customers six return options from Sydney and Newcastle on weekdays and four on weekends.

But Cr Moore said it was also an opportunity for people down the line to build on the success of the Newcastle light rail and climb aboard for a journey north to Singleton.

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Cr Moore said the people of Singleton had advocated for additional public transport options for more than 10 years, and the new services were a great way to start the new decade.

But it is now up to the community to keep them operating.

Our community has worked incredibly hard for the introduction of these services, and now it’s up to us to use them to make sure they remain a permanent fixture on the timetable between Newcastle and Singleton,” Cr Moore said.

We see coal trains travelling between Singleton and Newcastle every day, and now we’re set to experience the same regularity with people.

Whether you’re going to Maitland, Newcastle or Sydney for leisure or work, heading back to the University of Newcastle after the summer break, or if you live in Newcastle or Maitland and travel regularly to Singleton, the train really is a good option for wherever you’re headed.”