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Wallsend Commuters Should Not Be Left Behind

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State Member for Wallsend, Ms Sonia Hornery MP, will this week move a Notice of Motion calling for a stop at Cardiff train station to be reinstated when a new early morning express train service between Newcastle and Sydney begins in November.

The new service will leave the Wickham interchange at 5.03am, is expected to slash 26 minutes off the journey between Newcastle and Sydney, but will no longer stop at Cardiff station.

Commuters from Wallsend will now be forced to travel to either Wickham, Broadmeadow or to southern Lake Macquarie to catch the fast service.

Quotes attributable to Member for Wallsend, Sonia Hornery

“There is no doubt that commuters deserve faster train services and I applaud the efforts to shorten travel times on the Newcastle-Central Coast rail line.”

“But it should not exclude those living in the western suburbs of Newcastle. Cardiff is a favoured station for many commuters travelling from the Wallsend electorate as it is the closest station for the large growth areas such and Fletcher, Minmi and Maryland.”

“This is another example of those in the western suburbs being forgotten by the Government.”

“I will be moving a Notice of Motion calling on the Government to reinstate Cardiff Station as a stop on this express train service.”

“The Government says it has listened to the community, but they obviously haven’t discussed it with anyone from our area.”

“Wallsend residents are sick and tired of being forgotten or excluded on purpose by those in Sydney making these decisions.”

“The number of people who board the train at Cardiff around this time in the morning warrants the station being reinstated as a stop for this express service.”