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More than 200 people have jumped on board the first commuter rail service from Bathurst to Sydney
The inaugural service left yesterday morning after the local state MP Paul Toole cut the red ribbon.
The New South Wales Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian was on the platform in Sydney to welcome the travellers.
The chairman of the lobby group Rail Action Bathurst John Hollis was on the train, he says it was a satisfying trip after 20 years of campaigning.
"It was very appropriate for a city the size of Bathurst to have this service, and I really look forward to it being just the start of an improvement in regional rail infrastructure,” he said.
“I spoke to the minister about that type of thing and she said she's always very active in this area and this was a starting point that she saw that would be very very well achieved."
He says it was great to see the full carriages.
"It was about 95% out of Bathurst and that allowed a few spare seats for people along the way, like at Lithgow and Mt Victoria and Katoomba and that to hop on the train.
“It was very good, I'm very happy that we only had 95% out of Bathurst so that other stations down the track could participate also."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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