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NSW: Removing Signal Coverage Blackspots on the Central Coast Line

The Turnbull Government is investing $12 million to deliver reliable mobile phone services for thousands of commuters along the Central Coast rail line in New South Wales (NSW).

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

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Minister Fifield said:

“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.”

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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.

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

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

Mrs Wicks said:

“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”

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

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Minister Constance 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.”

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

Original article © Transport for NSW.

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