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State Pollies Lock Horns Over Coast Train Seating

Commuters travelling backwards

State Pollies Lock Horns Over Coast Train Seating

Bad news for the Coast's 30,000 commuters, with the state government's new intercity trains to be fitted with fixed seating.

It means half of us will be making the trip to and from Sydney facing backwards on the $2.3 billion fleet.

Labor’s hit out at the Berejiklian Government today, after documents revealed it was advised travellers want reversible seats.

“The government was warned this will be a problem and impact on customers, particularly those that suffer from motion sickness,” Shadow Transport Minister, Jodi McKay said.

However, Parliamentary Secretary for the Coast, Scot MacDonald says Labor's dropped the ball on the issue, with the plans released a year ago.


He reckons after handing out fliers at local train stations, Coasties are pretty happy with how the modernised carriages are looking.

“They’re going to be quieter, with wider seats with armrests and they’re going to have charging stations,” he said.

The fleet's expected to roll out May next year.