PEAK TRAIN CANCELLATIONS UP 23 PER CENT ACROSS SYDNEY

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Peak train cancellations across the Sydney rail network have increased by a staggering 23 per cent in the last year.

Figures obtained by the NSW Opposition under FOI have revealed that there were a whopping 172 more peak train cancellations across Sydney in the last year – 921.5 in 2014-15 compared with 749.5 in 2013-14.

On top of that, the number of peak intercity services increased by 65% – up from 144 in 2013-14 to 237 in 2014-15.

 The worst performing lines were:

 

Line

2013-14

2014-15

Difference

Percentage Increase

East Hills

13

23

10

77%

Airport

29

49.5

20.5

71%

North via Strathfield

26

41

15

58%

West

80.5

107

26.5

33%

South

34

44

10

29%

Illawarra

84

107

23

27%

Eastern Suburbs

286

359

73

26%

North Shore

82

100

18

22%

North via Macq Park

28

32

4

14%

 Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Ryan Park:

 “Passengers have every right to be frustrated when year after year we see the number of train cancellations skyrocket.”

“The reliability of our rail network has fallen to new lows and that’s little surprise considering the Government has cut Transport for NSW’s asset maintenance expenditure by $128 million in this year’s budget.”

 “Sydney commuters have been late to work, late picking up their kids or late home to their families because of these increasing train cancellations.”

 “The Baird Government needs to acknowledge the pain being felt by train commuters and explain what they’re doing to fix the problem.”