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Reliable mobile services on Central Coast trains a step closer

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE

Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield
Lucy Wicks MP
The Hon Andrew Constance MP
Scot MacDonald MLC

The Turnbull Government is investing $12 million to deliver reliable mobile phone services for thousands of commuters along the Central Coast rail line.

Expressions of Interest are now being called to upgrade the mobile telecommunications infrastructure along the 60km stretch of rail line between Wyong and Hornsby.

“Mobile drop outs and blackspots are incredibly frustrating for commuters along the Central Coast Line, and the Turnbull Government is delivering on its election commitment to fix the problem.” Minister Fifield said.

The total funding commitment of $16 million includes $4 million from the NSW Government.

The total package will deliver improved mobile coverage as well as provide Wi-Fi at stations for up to 30,000 Central Coast commuters who travel on Sydney Trains and NSW Trainlink services every day.

Federal Member for Robertson Lucy Wicks MP said the investment was an important step forward in supporting thousands of local, hard-working commuters.

"When I'm at train stations like Gosford and Woy Woy listening to commuters early in the morning, many of them are asking about the progress of this vital commitment from the Coalition Government. Today's announcement is good news for commuters," Mrs Wicks said.

The Expression of Interest will be open until November 2017 and a formal tender process will commence by the end of the year.

“We’ll be working with mobile network operators and infrastructure providers to remove coverage blackspots on more than 60 kilometres of rail corridor so commuters will be able to continue working, or stay in touch with family and friends, while travelling on the Central Coast Line,” Mr MacDonald said.

“This is an important milestone in delivering better services to central coast commuters. This is part of a broader plan to deliver upgrades to NSW commuters, and details of train station Wi-Fi hotspot upgrades will be made available in due course.”  Minister Constance said.

The NSW Government will be announcing a further Expression of Interest to install Wi‑Fi at stations along the Central Coast rail line.

Media contacts:
Minister Fifield: Geraldine Mitchell | 0407 280 476 | geraldine.mitchell [at] communications.gov.au
Lucy Wicks: Tim Sowden | 0422 993 373 | tim.sowden [at] aph.gov.au (  )
Andrew Constance: Alicia Wood | 0418 280 618 | alicia.wood [at] nsw.gov.au (  )
Scot MacDonald: 0408 450 032 | Scot.MacDonald [at] parliament.nsw.gov.au