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The state government is being urged to address what is being described as inefficient and inequitable public transport in the central west.
The Mid-Western Region is the latest council to lodge a submission on the inquiry into Countrylink and says more bus and rail links to Sydney and the north and west of New South Wales are needed.
It gives an example of the journey from Mudgee to Tamworth taking up to 24 hours because passengers have to go via Lithgow and Sydney.
The council's manager of development and community services Catherine Van Laeren says it is unfair people in the western region do not have equal access to public transport.
"This is a problem in terms of equity for access to education, access to medical services," she said.
"So instead of being able to access our regional medical services which are located at Dubbo in a direct manner people have to travel via a bus to Lithgow and then from Lithgow actually using that as a hub to come back out or from Lithgow catching trains."
The council is also calling for Mudgee, Wellington, Dubbo and Orange to become hubs for public transport.
"We need to see a decentralisation of those hubs and we need to recognise that some of these regional centres such as Mudgee and Dubbo and Bathurst need to actual as a transport hub in themselves and that the services are provided from those and they'll need to be subsidised and supported for quite a while so that people become aware that those services are available."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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