POLL: Public transport woes

PUBLIC transport infrastructure in the Hunter Valley is poor and underfunded, Maitland City Council says.

The council says it has the policies to improve access to public transport, but not the money.

‘‘The image of public transport in the Hunter is poor ... major service improvements are required,’’ a council submission said.

The submission is a reply to federal government’s discussion paper on walking, riding and public transport. It called for improved reliability, more regular train and bus services, better connections, comfort and safety.

The council highlighted the potential for more frequent rail services between Maitland and Newcastle as an attractive alternative to car travel.

The council said not enough money was available for building and maintaining public transport networks.

‘‘There has been a noticeable under-investment in public transport infrastructure by both state and commonwealth governments in NSW,’’ it said.

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