A significant number of hours .
This Fassi Hexham link will improve transit times , if done properly , no question about that .
Getting freighters off the current route through "Newcastle" is very significant for electric passenger services so the political will shouldn't be hard to find .
As for extending from the Hexham area to Dungog , that saves lots of time for anything going to/from the north coast railway .
Food for thought , does the X really need to go through Broadmeadow and Maitland .
Would the public be interested in direct inter urban services to Dungog . Would it be hard to have connecting services from the current lower NCR route .
Something else to think about .
Would NSW Train Link be prepared to pay full costs to maintain the line from Telarah to Dungog if other operators had an alternative route ...