New timetable hurts: Train trips just got longer for some local commuters

introduction of the new timetable.

Not happy, Gladys: Local commuters upset with cuts to some services with local MP Anoulack Chanthivong on Saturday morning – the day before the introduction of the new timetable.

Local commuters are not happy that the introduction of a new train timetable has meant cuts to direct services to western line job hubs such as Parramatta and Blacktown.

Some south west and Macarthur region commuters are angry about the new timetable and have have contacted state Member for Macquarie Fields, Anoulack Chanthivong, to express their frustration and disgust.

Commuters south of Glenfield will be severely impacted when direct train services to Liverpool, Parramatta and Blacktown cease under unfair and retrograde changes to be introduced by the Berejiklian Liberal Government, says Mr Chanthivong.

All T5 Cumberland Line and T2 South Line services will start and end at Leppington Station, forcing commuters south of Glenfield through to Macarthur to change at Glenfield.

“My office has been inundated with complaints about the new train timetable and commuters are furious that the new timetable will add to their already long travel times,” Mr Chanthivong said.

“It’s cruel and unfair that commuters south of Glenfield are set to be punished by the Government for catching a train to and from work.

“It’s a step backwards and one that will greatly inconvenience the hard working people in my electorate.”

Commuters have raised concerns that the new timetable – which kicked in yesterday, Sunday, November 26 – will add an extra 30 to 40 minutes to their daily commute.

“People in South West Sydney already spend enough time catching trains to work,’’ the local MP said.

“Any cut in services which makes public transport less accessible is simply not good enough.

Mr Chanthivong said the community’s concerns about the new timetable come on top of existing frustration about non air-conditioned carriages, inadequate commuter carparking and the lack of lifts at Macquarie Fields Station.

“We are a growing community.

“We need more, not fewer, services,” Mr Chanthivong said.

“All we want is our fair share.”



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