Newcastle and Hunter trains to be run by new body

NEWCASTLE and Hunter passenger trains will be operated by a new body, NSW Trains, in changes announced this morning by Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian.

Sydney’s suburban services will be run by another new body, Sydney Trains.

But existing timetables will remain in place until new services are introduced next year as part of a statewide shakeup of timetables.

Unions and the Labor opposition have reacted angrily to the changes because of plans to cut at least 750 of 4000 rail management jobs.

Maps released today by the government show the Sydney Trains network ends at Berowra, north of Hornsby.

Mrs Berejiklian said the changes would not involve any changes to Hunter services.

She said none of the job losses by voluntary redundancy were in the Hunter.

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