The latest step in our rail revival

THE Bathurst Bullet continues to be one ofthe remarkable success stories in our regionover recent years.
Nanjing Night Net

Thousands of people have made use of theBullet since the introduction of a return daily railservice to Sydney four years ago.

It was a brave move at the time by the O’FarrellGovernment to start the daily rail service after theprevious government had said for more than adecade that it was not viable.

But Rail Action Bathurst, led by John Hollis,put together a formidable campaign to ensure thedaily rail service became a reality and passengershave supported it in great numbers ever since.

The announcement on Monday that thestategovernment was contributing $700,000 to seal anew car park at the railway station is further proofof the service’s incredible success.

Commuters were left in limbo after vacant landat the station that served as a makeshift car parkwas fenced off to allow the soil to be tested forpossible contamination.

Other parking spaces at the station filledquickly each day and unlucky motorists werepushed out on the street to try their luck – hardlyan ideal situation.

It has taken some time, but now we are finallygoing to see a real solution to parking pressures atthe station.

Not surprisingly, Mr Hollis was celebratingMonday’s announcement and the wholecommunity should welcome any infrastructureupgrades at the railway station precinct.

Bathurst has a long, proud rail history datingback to former prime minister Ben Chifley andbeyond.

For a long time it looked as though the goldendays of Bathurst rail were well behind us, but theBathurst Bullet has heralded an on-track revival.

And to think they said it couldn’t be done.

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