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Travellers had a chance to share concerns about rail services with The Nationals' Dubbo candidate Jen Cowley and Opposition transport services spokesman Mike Gallacher yesterday.
The pair took a ride on the XPT to get first-hand feedback about the local service.
Travelling between Wellington and Dubbo, they chatted to passengers about timetables and how potential service cuts under the State Government would affect their travels.
Mrs Cowley said the main concern of passengers was that the service could be lost completely and some people weren't prepared to pay for costly flights.
"It was a chance to talk to people and find out what they want as opposed to Sydney telling them what they want," Mrs Cowley said.
"People on the trip were saying 'we could have pushed this thing faster' - the state of the train itself is fine, it's the tracks that are slowing it down.
"Instead of Dubbo to Sydney taking five hours it's a seven-hour trip - it's not too much to ask that we have decent infrastructure statewide, people have the right to a decent rail system."
Mrs Cowley said the axe had been hanging over the Dubbo XPT services since last December and transport services minister Michael Costa had since failed to rule out cuts to train services in the area.
She said any cuts to XPT services would affect tourism and jobs in Dubbo.
"The Dubbo region has many great attractions that rely on tourists finding it as easy as possible to travel to our area," Mrs Cowley said.
Mr Gallacher said that judging by the cancellation of other rail services in the State the NSW Government could cut services without resident consultation.
Mrs Cowley will visit the Northparkes Mine with shadow mineral resources minister Adrian Piccoli today.
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