The Thirroul Transport Committee has renewed it’s push to have more trains stop at Bulli Station, saying this would go a long way toward rectifying the issues faced by commuters and businesses in the Northern Illawarra.
The 2013 timetable saw Thirroul become a hub, virtually rendering the smaller local stations redundant. Local businesses have also been affected as shoppers struggle to find a parking spot among the commuter parking, and people forced to drive from out of the immediate area to catch the train.
The State Government is now carrying out a three month trial which sees 10 express trains stop at Austinmer each week day, which is being embraced by commuters, however the Transport Committee says this only goes half-way toward solving the problem.
They’re calling for more trains to stop at Bulli as well.
Spokesman Stephen Kennard says figures released by Transport NSW reveal the usage of our rail line has fallen by 13%, which is the worst result in the state, where overall rail usage has increased by 23 percent.
“Thirroul ticketing rose by 71%” he says. “That’s 1440 passengers a day, while it’s fallen dramatically at nearby stations. These figures indicate the increase is not ADDITIONAL travellers, but people travelling in to Thirroul to use the station, creating unnecessary car movements, traffic jams and retail losses due to the lack of parking.
“Bulli Station has grossly underused parking for more than 100 cars, plus it has access lifts. It would be a convenient ‘sub-hub’ for passengers living south of Bulli Pass, rather than have them travel into Thirroul. If express trains stopped at Bulli, much of Thirroul’s extra traffic problems would be alleviated.”
Mr Kennard says Helensburgh ticket sales have decreased by 20 percent.
“Thirroul Transport Committee believes there is an urgent need for changes to the South Coast rail timetable to be continued and extended so the train service can be restored in the Northern Illawarra,” he says.
“We have requested an urgent meeting with the authors of the new timetable before any permanent changes are considered.”
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