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The future of CountryLink passenger rail service between Bathurst and Sydney is secure in the "short-term”, Transport Minister Michael Costa said.
However, he gave no such assurances over the "medium- term”.
"In terms of the Western XPT, there's no threat to that service,” Mr Costa said during a visit to the Country Labor conference over the weekend.
"The real question is, how do we get the overheads down? Generally the community agreed they'd rather see us get overheads down and control the costs rather than have services under pressure.”
Mr Costa's words would come as some surprise to members of the Bathurst branch of the Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association.
Since Mr Costa last addressed the CountryLink issue on December 9 last year they have been under the impression the service could be cut in December 2004 if six key Government objectives are not met.
They are further worried about the mini-budget cancellation of the Casino to Murwillumbah CountryLink rail line.
In Moree at the weekend, they could not be reached for comment.
For the full story see today's Western Advocate
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