Cityrail Rail Extension to Bathurst

 
  thefatcontroller Assistant Commissioner

Location: Sydney, Australia
Just posting this here for future referencehttps://www.railpage.com.au/f-t11336912-s3225.htmThis was the first Central to Bathurst Delay
"boxythingy"

Because I didn't just post that a few posts up?
"thefatcontroller"
I had the page already opened before you posted. (I didn't know anyone had posted, and did not refresh the page) This reminded me to put in a feature request in the suggestions.
"boxythingy"

Okay! Great idea  Very Happy

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  thefatcontroller Assistant Commissioner

Location: Sydney, Australia
Not good this afternoon:

The 5.55pm Central to Bathurst train is delayed at Central due to a mechanical problem.
"thefatcontroller"


The 5.55pm Central to Bathurst train has been cancelled at Central due to a mechanical problem earlier. Passengers are advised to catch the 6.36pm Central to Mount Victoria train and then a bus from Mount Victoria to Bathurst.
  bowralcommuter Chief Commissioner

Location: Asleep on a Manly Ferry
Not good this afternoon:

The 5.55pm Central to Bathurst train is delayed at Central due to a mechanical problem.
"thefatcontroller"


The 5.55pm Central to Bathurst train has been cancelled at Central due to a mechanical problem earlier. Passengers are advised to catch the 6.36pm Central to Mount Victoria train and then a bus from Mount Victoria to Bathurst.
"thefatcontroller"


Look out for the complaints in the local paper tomorrow morning.
  s3_gunzel Not a gunzel developer

Location: Western Sydney, AU
Bullet just passed through Westmead. Not sure if empty or not.
  abesty1 Chief Commissioner

Location: The CityRail Network
http://www.westernadvocate.com.au/story/1137019/bathurst-bullets-off-with-a-shot/?cs=115

Bathurst Bullet’s off with a shot


THE Bathurst Bullet has gone off with a bang, with an average of 75 people catching the train to Sydney each day.

Patronage on the new daily return rail service between Bathurst and Sydney has exceeded the wildest expectations of its supporters.

Figures released by CityRail after the first month of operation highlights the services’  early success.

The Bullet set off on its maiden journey on Sunday, October 21.On that historic day 165 people boarded the Endeavour train’s carriages in the city for the trip to the big smoke.

With a seating capacity of 178, the introduction of the service was the culmination of years of lobbying from the Rail Action Bathurst organisation, led by John Hollis.

It also delivered on an election promise made by Bathurst MP Paul Toole before the Coalition was swept into power in March 2011.

According to the CityRail statistics, the trend for the service is for passengers to predominantly come from Bathurst, with Lithgow and Katoomba the other major pick up destinations.

The figures also shows weekends and the Family Funday Sunday services, which offers tickets for $2.50 per person and includes unlimited travel anywhere in Greater Sydney on all trains, buses, ferries and light rail, as big winners.

On Saturday, October 27 some 92 people boarded the Bullet in Bathurst with another 82 lining up the following day.

It was an even better turnout on Saturday, November 3 with 130 passengers boarding in Bathurst and 83 on the Sunday.

Weekday figures pinpoint Monday as a popular day for the commute to Sydney with turnouts of 70 people (October 22), 60 people (October 29), 125 people (November 5), 69 people (November 12) and 45 people (November 19).

Bathurst MP Paul Toole said yesterday both he and Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian had been surprised by the turnout on the Bullet.

“The numbers are way above our expectations,” he said. “We always said it was important for residents to use the service to justify its introduction. Well, they certainly have patronised it. The figures speak for themself.”

Mr Toole said it’s not only the residents of Bathurst who are catching the train.

“A couple of weeks ago I was on the Bullet sitting next to a lady who had travelled all the way to Bathurst from Parkes to use this service,” he said.

“I also know that people from places such as Blayney and Oberon and everywhere in between are using it. In short, the response is just overwhelming and so positive. It vindicates the persistent campaign Rail Action Bathurst ran and shows that lobbying does pay off.”

John Hollis from Rail Action Bathurst said the numbers say it all.

“It justifies all our hard work to achieve this result,” he said. “This service is a milestone for Bathurst and shows people really did want a daily return rail service to the city.



  abesty1 Chief Commissioner

Location: The CityRail Network
http://www.westernadvocate.com.au/story/1139809/bathurst-bullet-ticks-all-the-boxes/?cs=114

Bathurst Bullet ticks all the boxes





  • YOU'LL LOVE IT: Di Riley gets the lowdown on the Bathurst Bullet from Rail Action Bathurst's Margaret Hollis at their information stand in the Bathurst City Centre yesterday. Photo: PHILL MURRAY  112212ptrains




Feedback on the Bathurst Bullet express rail service has been extremely positive according to Rail Action Bathurst member Margaret Hollis.

Representatives of the group were in the Bathurst City Centre yesterday to ask locals what they think of the service, as well as handing out information and timetables.

Mrs Hollis said people who have used the service have said it is excellent, much needed, inexpensive and punctual.

She said generally people are extremely happy with the train.

“People are impressed,” she said.

“There is even a coffee van parked outside the station Monday to Friday so people can get their coffee to go.

“Ticketing is still a bit of an issue, but overall people have really embraced it.”

A Wallerawang woman who stopped by the stall said 0 people are also loving the service.

“They are saying it’s comfortable, clean and fantastic,” she said.

Mrs Hollis said the patronage is far above the group’s expectations.

Another thing she found interesting was the fact that quite a few people were not aware the service runs seven days a week.

“People are finding it exciting that they can go down to Sydney and back on the weekend,” Mrs Hollis said.

“Some have said they have gone down for the day to see the Christmas decorations, others have gone sightseeing and teenagers have gone down to the beach for the day. 

“I’ve talked to some people who haven’t been down to Sydney for years because the coach system was too complicated.

“However, what I am finding most positive is the fact that everyone is saying that they’ll do it again.

“We always felt the Bathurst community would embrace this service but we didn’t expect it to happen so quickly,” Mrs Hollis said.



  thefatcontroller Assistant Commissioner

Location: Sydney, Australia
I'd imagane the replacement buses for the Bathurst Bullet will be delayed tonight depending on if the GWH will open after a horror smash between Bathurst and Lithgow. At the moment (4:30pm) the highway is closed in both directions and heavy veichles (which I think would include a bus) are being diverted via the Castlereagh Highway to Mudgee and Gulgong.

If the highway isn't open it'd be interesting to see what Cityrail/Countrylink will do.

http://livetraffic.rta.nsw.gov.au/desktop.html#textview
  thefatcontroller Assistant Commissioner

Location: Sydney, Australia
I'd imagane the replacement buses for the Bathurst Bullet will be delayed tonight depending on if the GWH will open after a horror smash between Bathurst and Lithgow. At the moment (4:30pm) the highway is closed in both directions and heavy veichles (which I think would include a bus) are being diverted via the Castlereagh Highway to Mudgee and Gulgong.

If the highway isn't open it'd be interesting to see what Cityrail/Countrylink will do.

http://livetraffic.rta.nsw.gov.au/desktop.html#textview
"thefatcontroller"


From Countrylink Website:

Western Region - Due to programmed trackwork, the Sydney to Dubbo and Dubbo to Sydney XPT service is replaced by road coaches for the entire journey. Due to the main western highway being closed near Kelso, delays to the CLK428 Dubbo to Sydney coach services will be experienced.

CLK569 - Due to the main western highway being closed near Kelso, major delays to the Lithgow to  Nyngan coach services will be experienced.
  thefatcontroller Assistant Commissioner

Location: Sydney, Australia
The GWH is now open (at 12:50am)
  Johnny_Walton Railcorp Crash Test Dummy No.1

Location: Flemington Maintenance Centre
http://www.westernadvocate.com.au/story/1137019/bathurst-bullets-off-with-a-shot/?cs=115

Bathurst Bullet's off with a shot


THE Bathurst Bullet has gone off with a bang, with an average of 75 people catching the train to Sydney each day.

Patronage on the new daily return rail service between Bathurst and Sydney has exceeded the wildest expectations of its supporters.

With a seating capacity of 178, the introduction of the service was the culmination of years of lobbying from the Rail Action Bathurst organisation, led by John Hollis.

Bathurst MP Paul Toole said yesterday both he and Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian had been surprised by the turnout on the Bullet.

“It justifies all our hard work to achieve this result,” he said. “This service is a milestone for Bathurst and shows people really did want a daily return rail service to the city.



"abesty1"


And these are the numbers while the Bathhurst Uni/Tafe students are in recess.
Imagine Friday-Monday numbers will double when the live in students start commuting?

Jono.
  johnboy Chief Commissioner

Location: Up the road from Gulgong
I'd imagane the replacement buses for the Bathurst Bullet will be delayed tonight depending on if the GWH will open after a horror smash between Bathurst and Lithgow. At the moment (4:30pm) the highway is closed in both directions and heavy veichles (which I think would include a bus) are being diverted via the Castlereagh Highway to Mudgee and Gulgong.

If the highway isn't open it'd be interesting to see what Cityrail/Countrylink will do.

http://livetraffic.rta.nsw.gov.au/desktop.html#textview
"thefatcontroller"


Mudgee?? Speak about diverting around the world! The RMS in Sydney have really no idea
What was 'really' happening as we got caught...local Police with RMS crews had Highway closed at Kelso diverting traffic "south" down O'Connell Road and Tarana and back up.
Back roads were a little busy!

Anyway... back to the Bullet...
Are many people getting on/off at Katoomba?
  icdog Train Controller

Location: Smegville

http://www.westernadvocate.com.au/story/1137019/bathurst-bullets-off-with-a-shot/?cs=115


Bathurst Bullet's off with a shot


THE Bathurst Bullet has gone off with a bang, with an average of 75 people catching the train to Sydney each day.

Patronage on the new daily return rail service between Bathurst and Sydney has exceeded the wildest expectations of its supporters.

With a seating capacity of 178, the introduction of the service was the culmination of years of lobbying from the Rail Action Bathurst organisation, led by John Hollis.

Bathurst MP Paul Toole said yesterday both he and Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian had been surprised by the turnout on the Bullet.

“It justifies all our hard work to achieve this result,” he said. “This service is a milestone for Bathurst and shows people really did want a daily return rail service to the city.



"abesty1"


And these are the numbers while the Bathhurst Uni/Tafe students are in recess.
Imagine Friday-Monday numbers will double when the live in students start commuting?

Jono.
"Johnny_Walton"


And it starts running to Orange,
Might need 4 cars eh Jono?
  Southern Aurora Locomotive Driver

Does it serve Wallerawang, Rydal or Tarana? Is there any liklihood that an extension to Orange could happen?
  s3_gunzel Not a gunzel developer

Location: Western Sydney, AU
Does it serve Wallerawang, Rydal or Tarana?
Southern Aurora

No, no and no.

Is there any liklihood that an extension to Orange could happen?
"Southern Aurora"


Possibly, but I doubt it'll be a CityRail Service. Might be something implemented by NSWTrains when that happens (In July?)
  bowralcommuter Chief Commissioner

Location: Asleep on a Manly Ferry



Does it serve Wallerawang, Rydal or Tarana? Is there any liklihood that an extension to Orange could happen?

"Southern Aurora"


Firstly, Welcome to Railpage Australia  Very Happy
Secondly, there have been discussions about these particular topics before on other threads, if you have time I'd give these a read:
http://www.railpage.com.au/f-p1799605.htm#1799605 (last 6 comments)
http://www.railpage.com.au/f-p1804200.htm#1804200

  Southern Aurora Locomotive Driver






Does it serve Wallerawang, Rydal or Tarana? Is there any liklihood that an extension to Orange could happen?

"Southern Aurora"


Firstly, Welcome to Railpage Australia Very Happy
Secondly, there have been discussions about these particular topics before on other threads, if you have time I'd give these a read:
http://www.railpage.com.au/f-p1799605.htm#1799605 (last 6 comments)
http://www.railpage.com.au/f-p1804200.htm#1804200


"bowralcommuter"


Ok i'll get onto those threads.. thanks for your help!

  Silver S Set Junior Train Controller

I wish the timetable will be more friendly for Sydneysiders.
  thefatcontroller Assistant Commissioner

Location: Sydney, Australia
I wish the timetable will be more friendly for Sydneysiders.
Silver S Set
That's why there is an XPT going in the opposite direction.... Rolling Eyes
  s3_gunzel Not a gunzel developer

Location: Western Sydney, AU
That's why there is an XPT going in the opposite direction.... Rolling Eyes
thefatcontroller
That's not the most cost-effective option, though.
  thefatcontroller Assistant Commissioner

Location: Sydney, Australia
That's not the most cost-effective option, though.
s3_gunzel
There's always a train to Lithgow and bus to Bathurst... But that's not ideal.
  PeltonPinch Locomotive Fireman

That's not the most cost-effective option, though.
s3_gunzel
Given that the Bathurst service was brought about by a residents group who were wanting a means to travel from Bathurst to Sydney in the morning, and return from Sydney to Bathurst in the evening, then it is a very cost-effective option that serves it's intended purpose.

If enough Sydneysiders wished to travel from Sydney to Bathurst in the am via cityrail (or whatever it is called in two week's time), then the cost-effective train service would possibly be implemented.

So, like the Bathurstians did, get a well-organised residents' group together, campaign hard for 8 years or so, and you might just get one!
  Silver S Set Junior Train Controller

That's why there is an XPT going in the opposite direction.Rolling Eyes
thefatcontroller
Yeah and you really want to spend all that money for a trip to bathurst:roll:
  thefatcontroller Assistant Commissioner

Location: Sydney, Australia
Yeah and you really want to spend all that money for a trip to bathurst:roll:
Silver S Set
Then drive or get a Cityrail train to Lithgow and the bus from Lithdgow to Bathurst...
  bowralcommuter Chief Commissioner

Location: Asleep on a Manly Ferry
Yeah and you really want to spend all that money for a trip to bathurst:roll:
"Silver S Set"


Which is why Cityrail operate a coach service that connects with the Lithgow service, as thefatcontroller said.
  Watson374 Chief Commissioner

Location: Fully reclined at the pointy end.
Yeah and you really want to spend all that money for a trip to bathurst:roll:
"Silver S Set"
Right, looky here.

For a SYD-BHS-SYD daytrip, you have two options. Option number one: Dubbo XPT. Departs Sydney Central 0710, arrives Bathurst 1043; departs Bathurst 1707, arrives Sydney Central 2049. The timing is perfect for a daytrip, giving you six hours and a bit of time in Bathurst; you travel in reasonable comfort.

If you're too much of a cheapskate to cough up for that, here's option number two: you can have a cup of concrete and take the CityRail service. This consists of an electric interurban to Lithgow, connecting to a coach onwards to Bathurst. There are several such services daily, so take your pick.

If you really, really want a CityRail day train, start a campaign for it and put your heart into it. You never know, you might see it made reality one day. Right now, you have two options: convenience and comfort, or cheapness. Take your pick.

Cough up, harden up or stand up. Your choice.

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