More than 300 train services a week will be added to rail lines between western parts of Sydney and the CBD this month when the new timetable is rolled out. Asked whether the changes would come at the expense of services on other lines, Sydney Trains chief executive Howard Collins said: “[With] every timetable change there might be a few losers.”
Well, once again, we are the losers, with many rail commuters now having to spend four-and-a-half hours a day commuting to work. The popular 6.19pm service from Campbelltown to Goulburn is cancelled, adding half-an-hour’s travel time. Member for Wollondilly Jai Rowell blames the Federal Government. Rubbish!
The problem is that our spare train has gone to the Hunter, leaving us with the bare minimum of old and out-dated trains, and there are no overnight storage facilities for the train at Goulburn.
The first of 24 new suburban trains for Sydney's network will arrive late next year, which the government has estimated will cost $1 billion. Do we get any? No, because we are losers: just ask Sydney Trains chief executive Howard Collins!
NSW transport minister Andrew Constance said everyone was going to win; this new timetable was going to be a revolution in the way in which people would be able to enjoy the benefits of train travel across the network. I don’t think so!