The Coalition’s Plan for Wi-Fi and Mobile Coverage on Central Coast Trains
THE HON. MALCOLM TURNBULL
NSW MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT
THE HON. ANDREW CONSTANCE
MEMBER FOR DOBELL
KAREN MCNAMARA MP
MEMBER FOR ROBERTSON
LUCY WICKS MP
JOINT MEDIA RELEASE
24 June 2016
A re-elected Turnbull Coalition Government
will provide continuous mobile coverage on trains between the Central Coast and
Hornsby, as well as Wi-Fi at each train station.
We will invest to upgrade and build
telecommunications infrastructure to improve the lives of 30,000 Central Coast
residents – one in four of the adult workforce - who commute long distances by
train each day.
There are more than sixty kilometres of rail
between Wyong and Hornsby where commuters currently face little or no mobile
The Coalition will invest $12 million to
provide continuous in-train mobile coverage along this corridor as well as
Wi-Fi at each train station.
“This will improve the lives of thousands of
Central Coast residents who leave home before dawn each day and return after
dark,” said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
“It will make work time more productive,
enhance leisure time and help families and friends connect.
“And it’s happening because local members
Karen McNamara and Lucy Wicks – after spending hundreds of hours talking to
commuters – told me this was one of the most practical things we could do for
families on the Central Coast.”
Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield
said the Coalition understands that reliable mobile coverage is crucial for
“The Coalition understands the importance of
reliable mobile coverage so commuters can get work done and stay in touch with
family or the office,” said Minister Fifield.
Member for Robertson Lucy Wicks said this
commitment is a game-changer which will directly benefit thousands of people
“This is a major, innovative commitment from
the Turnbull Government which will mean more of our hard-working commuters can
stay connected for longer on the daily commute, which can be a 4 to 5 hour
round trip to Sydney or Newcastle,” Mrs Wicks said.
Member for Dobell Karen McNamara said:
“Better mobile connectivity on trains and Wi-Fi at train stations between the
Central Coast and Sydney can seem like such a simple solution but it will make
a big difference to so many people.”
The Turnbull Coalition Team’s $12 million
commitment is expected to leverage an additional $4 million investment from the
NSW Government. There will be an expression of interest process for mobile
network providers to bid for the funding.
A re-elected Turnbull Coalition will work
with the NSW Government to provide in-kind assistance to deliver the
Wi-Fi and improved mobile coverage, facilitating access to land along the rail
corridor and helping facilitate planning approvals for new infrastructure.
NSW Minister for Transport and
Infrastructure Andrew Constance said: “A lack of mobile coverage is one
of the greatest frustrations for customers on the Central Coast, so this
investment will make a huge difference, keeping them connected on the go.”
This new project will build on the success
of the Coalition’s $220 million Mobile Black Spot Programme which is already
fixing thousands of mobile black spots around the country.
The Coalition is investing in infrastructure
and delivering jobs and growth for the Central Coast.