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Demand for travel on the Ghan passenger train has led to Adelaide-to-Darwin services being doubled full-time - to two trains a week in each direction - starting next March.
Adelaide-based operator Great Southern Railway has had strong demand for the Ghan's 2979km cross-continent journey since the Darwin line opened in February last year. It has been running one train a week to and from Darwin but doubled that to two a week each way in the peak demand months of May, June and July this year.
"We've been amazed by the market response to date," GSR chief executive Tony Braxton-Smith said yesterday.
"There was strong demand earlier this year when we doubled the Ghan's service through the peak season . . . that has given us the confidence to offer the second service year round." Tickets for the extra services went on sale yesterday.
"Some people have found it difficult to get tickets," Mr Braxton-Smith said. "Now we can say with confidence space is available but, as always, it pays to book early."
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