CARRIAGES have been added to the Bathurst Bullet and an extra stop scheduled to make it as easy as possible for Bathurst residents to attend the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
Since the show kicked off last Thursday, the Bathurst Bullet has been making an additional stop at Lidcombe Station, from where locals can catch a connecting train to and from Sydney Olympic Park.
To cater for additional patronage during the show, two carriages have been added to the Bullet, making it four carriages in total.
Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said the service, which departs Bathurst around 5.49am and arrives back at 9.35pm, would be making the additional stop until the show concludes on April 23.
“The additional stop was trialled last year and was very popular,” he said.
“The train stops at Lidcombe, from where people can catch a train through to Sydney Olympic Park and go to the show.”
A NSW TrainLink spokesperson said trains run between Lidcombe and Olympic Park every 10 minutes.
They added that Bathurst residents should take advantage of the ShowLink ticket, providing same-day return travel on the Bathurst Bullet and entry into the show.
Mr Toole said it was important that locals were able to access the show via an express train service.
He added it was great that additional stops could be temporarily added to the service so locals could attend big events in Sydney.
“This ensures people of all ages – young, the elderly, families – can all get to the show.
It takes away that transport barrier,” he said.
“I think it is very important ... that we give people that opportunity to access those different events that occur outside our area.”
Mr Toole said the Sydney Royal Easter Show was a popular event for many regional and rural Australians.
“There are a lot of schools showing cattle up there and people like going to see what has been highlighted and showcased from regional and rural areas,” he said.
Mr Toole said he would encourage people to leave the car at home and catch the Bullet to the event.
“It’s a great trip. People can socialise, do their work or simply enjoy the view along the way without having to sit behind the wheel of a car,” he said.
The NSW TrainLink spokesperson said the Bathurst Bullet would return to its usual two carriages when the Royal Easter Show concludes.