BEREJIKLIAN GOVT SOFTENS UP COMMUTERS FOR REDUCED TRAIN SERVICES AFTER ITS TIMETABLE FAILURE
February 16, 2018
The Premier and Transport Minister are softening up commuters for train service cuts after a government report into January’s network chaos confirmed chronic staff shortages were a key reason for their inability to deliver new services.
NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley says the review is a “white flag” being hoisted by the government on its failed train timetable.
Mr Foley says the timetable, which Andrew Constance promised would deliver 1,200 extra services, is nothing more than a mirage because the services on paper do not show up the station.
One of the key recommendations from the Transport for NSW report is to reduce train services because the number of services on Minister Constance’s new timetable cannot be delivered.
The review says the system is under-resourced with not enough workers to deliver the timetable.
Prior to the introduction of the new timetable late last year, transport officials warned the State Government that if anything went wrong on the network the “delays will be cumulative and irrecoverable” but Minister Constance pressed ahead regardless.
In Question Time today, the Minister refused to say how many train services would be dumped or how many extra train drivers are needed to service the new timetable.
Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley
“The government’s train timetable is not worth the paper it’s written on.
“As sure as night follows day the government is going to have to reduce train services because the timetable they introduced is a mirage.
“Commuters want a railway system that is properly resourced and we don’t have that under this government.”
Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Transport Jodi McKay
“The government has tried to establish a new normal – ‘get used to the chaos, get used to the confusion because it’s going to continue’ – that’s not good enough.
“It’s up to the Premier and the Minister to fix the mess. They were warned not to press go on this new timetable because there weren’t enough drivers but they did it anyway.”