KATE Fraser, Independent candidate for the state seat of Upper Hunter said Public Transport is currently inadequate.
Ms Fraser is calling for additional permanent services that allow residents to attend appointments and return on the same day.
“While the government are currently trialling two additional trains from Newcastle to Singleton, this is not enough. This service should become a permanent schedule on the timetable and a commitment should be made that there will also be an increase to services further into the Upper Hunter,” Ms Fraser said.
“Rural areas have inadequate public transport; it is all but essential to drive what can be vast distances and long periods of time. This brings with it the issue of fatigue and an increase risk of an accident,” she said.
“Travellers need access to passenger trains to attend appointments and return on the same day. Appointment to Health Services, University, TAFE, shopping, visiting friends and family but ultimately to improve access for rural communities,” she said.
“Timetables need to be developed in consultation with rural communities and offer choices that meet the need of these people,” said Mrs Fraser.