LABOR AGAINST UNFAIR TIMETABLES WESTERN SYDNEY HIT

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NSW Labor has launched a grassroots campaign against the new unfair timetable changes.

Labor leader Luke Foley said the timetables have penalised commuters in Western Sydney who face longer journey times, fewer stops and fewer direct services. 

He will be at Auburn train station at 7am and at Lidcombe station at 8am today to talk to commuters in his electorate about the changes.

Labor Members of Parliament across Western Sydney are also at their local railway stations to get feedback and comment from commuters about the unfair changes. 

Labor is organising a petition against the cuts.

Under the changes many Western Sydney commuters will be worse off as the State Government once again demonstrates its contempt for the region’s commuters.

For example:

  • The Western Line train from Auburn to Central will take up to 11 minutes longer at 36 minutes;
  • The journey time from Lidcombe to Central service increases by up to 50 per cent to 33 minutes;
  • Southwest Sydney loses direct services to Parramatta and Blacktown, forcing travellers to change at Glenfield;
  • A reduction in services from Penrith and Richmond stopping at Granville;
  • Blue Mountains trains no longer stop at Redfern, cutting access to key services such as Sydney University and Australian Technology Park.

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

Thousands of Western Sydney commuters are worse off as a result of the decisions made by this Government.

“Slower journey times, fewer stops and fewer direct services means commuting has just got harder not easier for Western Sydney.

“It begs the question - what has Transport Minister Andrew Constance got against Western Sydney?”

Quotes attributable to Shadow Transport Minister Jodi McKay

“Timetable changes should mean improved services not increased travel times and skipped stations.

“Commuters aren’t being told about any possible negative impacts of this new timetable – just the spin.”