A Hunter Valley woman has launched a campaign to get the region’s mining workforce out of their cars and onto buses in an effort to reduce traffic congestion.
Scone resident Teresa Byrne is pushing for a shuttle bus transport system for miners in the Valley, saying the stress being placed on local roads in too great and it poses a safety risk to drivers, ABC reported.
Byrne has written to Roads Minister Gladys Berejiklian, asking for the Government to support the plan.
Byrne said the traffic situation is appalling.
"If I leave at 5:30am to get to the University in Newcastle, it takes me two hours," she said.
"But after 6:00am it takes me three hours and sometimes more to get to my destination.
"The traffic coming north is really bad, so I'm not in the real thick of it but it is quite busy."
Byrne said that providing shuttle services would make the roads safer as it would ease congestion.
"It would relieve traffic congestion, be safer for miners after long shifts and for other drivers and minimisation of petrol and car usage.
"(It would also be) a relief for Singleton and Branxton traffic-wise and also for Singleton next year when it might possibly become a bottle neck with the Hunter Expressway."