LABOR COMMITS TO TIMETABLE REVIEW TO RESTORE FAIRNESS FOR WESTERN SYDNEY COMMUTERS

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NSW Labor has committed to a review of the new transport timetables in order to make them fairer for Western Sydney commuters.

Under the new timetable released on Monday by Transport Minister Andrew Constance people travelling from Western Sydney face longer journey times, fewer stops and fewer direct services.

Labor Leader Luke Foley and Shadow Transport Minister Jodi McKay today said that if elected in March 2019 a Labor government will review the timetables and correct the bias against Western Sydney.

Since its launch on Monday – billed by Minister Constance as a revolution in transport – there has been a torrent of complaints to the offices of Labor Members of Parliament in Western Sydney.

People have complained about fewer direct train services, fewer express trains and longer journey times.

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

“It has become abundantly clear that many people in Western Sydney are worse not better off under this new timetable.

“The Premier called the new timetable an early Christmas present for commuters but it’s more like Scrooge has been drafted in to help.

“If elected I will commit Labor to reviewing the timetable, to rid the bias against Western Sydney and restore some fairness.”

Quotes attributable to Shadow Transport Minister Jodi McKay

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

“The people who are facing some of the longest commutes to the city and Parramatta should not be penalised but that is exactly what has happened here. 

“Labor’s timetable will redress the balance and restore fairness.”