Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke today called for feedback on a proposed new direct train service that will give customers in the Riverina more options when travelling throughout regional NSW including west to Griffith and north via the Southern Highlands to Sydney.

The new service, which is scheduled to start in the second half of next year, would give families, tourists and business people in Narrandera, Coolamon, Junee and Cootamundra an extra train service, meaning more flexibility when planning trips throughout the week.

“The new service NSW TrainLink is proposing will benefit customers who want to use public transport to travel between major hubs, whether it be for work, business, medical appointments, shopping or just to visit family and friends, without the hassle of driving and in the comfort of a train,” Ms Cooke said.

“This is a win for the Riverina and all part of our commitment to provide better public transport links for regional communities.”

The proposed new service heading north to Sydney would operate on either Thursday or Friday, departing mid-morning or mid-afternoon.

The southbound service would run either Wednesday or Thursday, with an early morning or midday departure, arriving in Cootamundra at either 12.26pm or 5.14pm.

The new service would complement existing train and coach services operated by NSW TrainLink and provide customers with a more even spread of travel options

“We want the community to get behind these proposed extra services and that’s why we are asking them for feedback on how and when these services are operated,” Ms Cooke said.

Community consultation, including an online survey, will start from February next year.