Better train services that support the Hawkesbury residents

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Premier, Transport Minister, & Treasurer,

The Government has announced new train timetables with 1500 new weekday services, however, changes to timetables on the Richmond line are going to have an adverse impact on commuters who use this line.

Commuters will be required to spend even more time away from their families due to the changes which will require them the leave home earlier, and in many instances, arrive home later at night – this means MORE time away from our families, and does not fit with the Government’s mantra of people working 30 minutes from their homes.

Travel times will increase from anywhere up to 1 hour per week depending on our destinations due to the addition of more stops between Seven Hills and Parramatta.

 The addition of extra stops on Richmond line services will have a detrimental effort for commuters trying to get to the City in the AM peak, and for Richmond bound passengers in the evening peak due to overcrowding which is already occurring on the Richmond line – people will be left stranded at stations due to the extra passengers trying to board Richmond line services.

 The new timetable will see the travel times from Richmond to Central blow out to 1 hour and 18 minutes – that’s if the service is running to the schedule – as regularly happens, the Richmond line is the first to be cancelled in times of crisis such which turns a 1hr 18 journey into a 3 hour journey!

Our district is suffering from the lack of desperately needed infrastructure such as bridge and road upgrades due to decades of Government neglect and broken promises –  your Government’s failure to honour its pre-2011 commitment to duplicate the Richmond Line, only adds further insult to our situation.

The changes proposed in the draft timetable are unfair and unreasonable for commuters of the Richmond Line and will have adverse financial, health, and social impacts on the community due to the increased travel times, and periods away from home.

We the undersigned call on the Government to:

- Halt the implementation of the timetable due to commence on 26 November 2017 and subsequent review timetable due in January 2018 until proper public consultation and a proper review of feedback is completed.

- Provide a timetable with faster travel times to and from the City that will have a positive effect for the thousands of commuters who rely on the Richmond line each week – in contrast to the draft timetable due to commence on 26 November 2017

- Maintain DIRECT train services to and from the City without the need to change trains between Richmond and the City as promised by the Treasurer and Member for Hawkesbury in recent times.

- To honour your pre-2011 commitment to duplicate the Richmond line as promised by the former Liberal Government in 1991 that will enable the provision of more frequent and reliable services on the Richmond line for the transport disadvantaged residents of the Hawkesbury.

With an already 2 hour journey each way to the city the new timetable will add an additional hour a day. Not only is this not sustainable but it takes away valuable time with family



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