Michael Daley and Labor have committed to a review of the new transport timetables in order to make them fairer for Western Sydney commuters.
Under the Liberal and National Government’s most recent timetable, people travelling from Western Sydney face longer journey times, fewer stops and fewer direct services.
Since the launch of the timetable in November 2017, there has been a steady stream of complaints from Western Sydney commuters.
People have complained about fewer direct train services, fewer express trains and longer journey times.
- The Western Line train from Auburn to Central takes 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.
Timetable changes should mean improved services, not increased travel times and skipped stations.
If elected in 2019, a Labor government will re-evaluate the timetables and correct the bias against Western Sydney.