Monday, 30 October 2017 13:30

Liverpool furious with new train times

Western Sydney train service. Western Sydney train service.

The NSW Government has badly let down Liverpool commuters in a new train timetable which starts in November, Liverpool City Council Chief Executive Officer Kiersten Fishburn said today.

Currently, the fastest service to Central takes 49 minutes from Liverpool. When the new timetable takes effect in November, the quickest trip will be three minutes slower. Services on the Granville line will be up to 12 minutes slower.

“This is bad news for Liverpool residents who already endure the slowest commute of any major Sydney centre,” said Ms Fishburn.

“We have been asking the NSW Government for many years to provide genuine express services on both the Granville and Bankstown lines so that commuters can be in the city in less than 45 minutes.

“This has a major impact on people’s lives, cutting into the time they have for family, community and sporting activities.

“When Liverpool commuters heard about the draft timetable they were rightly furious. I am sure they will be letting the Minister for Transport Andrew Constance know of their displeasure.”

Liverpool residents took to Facebook to voice their anger, stating that the new train timetable “is not progress” and “Liverpool residents already spend too much time on public transport even though they are only 30 kilometres from the city”.

“We are one of Sydney’s fastest-growing centres,” said Ms Fishburn.

“Our residents need better services, not worse. It is time the NSW Government starts to improve public transport services in the South West to accommodate the expected population growth and transport demand.”