Customers travelling on North Coast XPT services between Sydney and Brisbane are once again able to enjoy the entire journey by train, after months of weather-related disruptions.
As well as damage to the track in NSW, flooding also delayed Queensland Rail’s completion of the Brisbane Cross River Delivery Authority project, meaning passenger trains were not able to run into Roma Street Station.
Infrastructure repairs have now been completed, so coaches will no longer be needed to replace trains on the XPT service between Casino and Brisbane.
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said it was great news for customers and the north coast region as it recovers from flooding.
“I thank NSW TrainLink regional customers for their patience over recent months of disrupted journeys due to unprecedented flooding and severe weather,” Mr Farraway said.
“The north coast route between Sydney and Brisbane is NSW TrainLink’s longest XPT service, covering 1,012 kilometres over 15 hours and stopping at 24 locations.
“It’s also one of the most popular regional train trips in the country, with a total number of passenger trips in both directions of around 100,000 a year, pre-COVID.
“NSW TrainLink crews are delighted to be once again back on the tracks the entire distance between Sydney and Brisbane, serving customers on the North Coast XPTs.
“This service is so important in connecting people across state borders, including those travelling for school, medical appointments or to see family.”