The battle continues to have changes made to the train timetable through the Northern Illawarra.
The 2013 Timetable upgrade saw Thirroul deemed a ‘hub’ station, forcing local commuters to drive (and park) in the village, due to the scarcity of trains stopping at the smaller stations.
Former Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian vowed to investigate the matter, yet despite complaints from local commuters, with the support of local MPs, nothing was done.
New Transport Minister Andrew Constance is also aware of the problem, yet two years down the track, the timetable remains the same.
Rather than stop a few more trains a couple more times, the State Government has built a commuter car park within walking distance of the station, yet it’s still under-utilised and commuters continue to use car parks closer to the station, making it difficult for shoppers to stop, and therefore, impacting on local businesses.
The Thirroul Neighbourhood Forum has taken up the issue and made repeated calls for the timetable to be reviewed.
They have the support of Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward who has made representations to State Parliament and the Minister on behalf of the Northern Illawarra community.
Also supportive of changes to the timetable is Keira MP Ryan park. Mr Park this week vowed to once again raise the matter with the minister.
“I don’t understand why the Minister is refusing to make changes to the timetable,” he says. “Thousands of people have contacted the Government via petitions and letters. The simplest way to reduce congestion around Thirroul would be to make minor changes to the train timetable, but unfortunately, the people in Macquarie Street are simply not listening.”
Mr Park says it’s frustrating to see millions of taxpayers dollars spent on a commuter car park only a few people use every day. “We just have to keep letting the minister know we are not happy,” he says. “I’ll raise additional questions in Parliament this week. The community in the Northern Illawarra has the right to know why this Government refuses to make minor changes, to ensure commuters a better service each and every day.”
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