BUSES will be waiting at Hamilton station for each train service and passengers won’t have to pay twice for their trip, after Newcastle’s heavy rail is closed on Boxing Day, Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian has assured passengers.
The government has released its route map for the replacement shuttles that will run for more than two years while a new Wickham interchange is built and light rail installed as part of plans aimed at revitalising the city.
It promises a seat for every train traveller on airconditioned buses, operating every 10 minutes during peak periods and able to carry surfboards and other luggage into the city, for the usual price of a train fare. But the changes could add up to 15minutes to the journey for passengers usually bound for Newcastle railway station.
Meanwhile, the government has decided to sell 237 Wharf Road, a glass building on the harbour foreshore that houses staff from RailCorp, Transport for NSW and the Attorney-General and Justice Department.
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That's nice to be promised "hassle free connections" and a guarantee that a bus will be waiting for every train. Keeping the line intact is the most hassle free scenario that I can think of.