Labor claims government has left 20,000 commuters 'in the dark' on shutdown changes
THE State Government has been accused of "rank incompetence" in "failing" to put the public in the picture about transport changes that await commuters during the Epping to Chatswood rail shutdown from September 30.
Opposition transport spokeswoman Jodi McKay and Ryde Labor Mayor Jerome Laxale say they have been left to advise Sydney and Central Coast residents about the rail and bus overhaul - which will force 20,000 commuters onto buses and into their cars after government representatives failed to attend recent community meetings.
Ms McKay said the closure was shaping up as a total trainwreck for north shore residents.
"The government is underprepared. I've had to go as far away as the Central Coast and tell people what's going on," Ms McKay told the North Shore Times.
"This is (Transport Minister) Andrew Constance's job. He's proven time and again he can't do his job. The issue is here that there's no confidence that he will be able to deliver this.
"There's going to be a lot of confusion during the shutdown because people just don't know what's happening." Cr Laxale, who will challenge Ryde MP Victor Dominello at next year's state election, said "a lot of the community" was "still in the dark" about the shutdown changes.