NSW TrainLink is improving travel times between Young and Sydney and return, with the trial of an extra coach service to provide more seamless connections with XPT train services, Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke announced today.

The trial of an additional coach connection between Young and Cootamundra will start from Sunday, June 17.

“People travelling between Young and Sydney can look forward to saving two hours on their journey thanks to this trial coach service to connect to the XPT at Cootamundra,” Ms Cooke said.

“Customers currently wait for two hours at Cootamundra Station when transferring between coach and train services. The trial will reduce this time to less than fifteen minutes.

“This is great news for people who have been using the existing connections between Young and Sydney and hopefully the faster travel time will mean more people can use the service.

“The extra coach service will also provide another option for people travelling locally between Young and Cootamundra.

“The trial coach will operate in addition to the existing coach services that provide a connection to the XPT to and from Melbourne.

“The Young community has been asking improved connection options for travel between Young and Sydney and I encourage people to use the trial service to show there’s a demand for it to be continued permanently.”

The trial will operate for six months to assess overall demand for the service and patronage on each day to determine the ongoing timetable.

Existing regional fares between Young and Sydney will apply for the trial.

Bookings can be made by visiting www.transportnsw.info/regional or by phoning NSW TrainLink on 13 22 32.

Timetables – daily

 

Young-Sydney (existing)

Depart Young (coach) 11.40am
Arrive Cootamundra 12.20pm
Depart Cootamundra (XPT) 2.38pm
Arrive Central 7.59pm

 

Sydney-Young (existing)

Depart Sydney (XPT) 7.42am
Arrive Cootamundra 12.44pm
Depart Cootamundra (coach) 2.20pm
Arrive Young 3.35pm

 

Young-Sydney (trial)

Depart Young (coach) 1.45pm
Arrive Cootamundra 2.25pm
Depart Cootamundra (XPT) 2.38pm
Arrive Central 7.59pm

 

Sydney-Young (trial)

Depart Sydney (XPT) 7.42am
Arrive Cootamundra 12.44pm
Depart Cootamundra (coach) 12.55pm
Arrive Young 1.35pm