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public transport

22 petitions

Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Michael McCormack, Andrew Constance, Michael McCormack, John Barilaro

Reinstate Passenger Rail Services on the Tottenham Branch Line

Sydney is becoming overcrowded and many families are now struggling to afford their own homes, pay rents or even cover the cost to commute across the city. Sydney is rapidly becoming unaffordable, overcrowded and quite frankly no longer a nice place to live - and as Dick Smith said, "It's like termites living in thousands of high-rises". Decentralisation is the answer to many of the problems being faced in overcrowded cities like Sydney. However, before people will consider moving out west, they need to be reassured that the infrastructure they will need to commute to jobs is already in place. Passenger services on the Tottenham Branch Line were shut down back in the 1970's and when that happened, all the towns along its route suffered terribly. People moved away in droves, businesses closed and basic services were shut down one after the other. Towns like Tullamore, Albert, Tottenham, Bogan Gate and Trundle all became close to becoming 'ghost towns' and each of those communities can now only boast populations of a few hundred people. But there's a light at the end of the tunnel in the form of the Inland Rail Line which will soon be linking Parkes with both Melbourne and Brisbane. The Tottenham Branch Line also connects with Parkes which could easily bring commuters to and from that city for work. The city of Parkes is on a projectory to becoming one of the largest inland industrial hubs in Australia, due to its positioning on the Inland Rail link and the main east-west transcontinental line. So there will soon be more jobs than people in this region. There are also new cobalt, nickel and scandium mines opening at Fifield, (near the towns of Tullamore and Trundle) and there will be an immediate need for better transport options to get miners and other ancillary workers to and from work. At the moment a fleet of shuttle buses is proposed to bring workers up from Parkes but that makes for poor efficiency and limited use. Once these mines are in full production, there will no doubt be even more jobs available in all the towns along the Tottenham Branch Line in the new tech-mineral related industries, such as li-ion battery, electric car, fast train, aviation and space component production.  A passenger train is the most logical way to get all these workers to their destinations without causing even more chaos and deaths on our narrow, pot-holed, kangaroo-infested roads. Add to this the ever increasing price of petrol to keep your car on the road and travelling by train makes a whole lot of sense - not only on the Tottenham Branch Line but across the entire state. The branch line itself needs an urgent upgrade so it can be used for the expected additional and heavier freight going to and from these new mines and Parkes. If the Tottenham Branch Line was to be upgraded and passenger services were to re-open, it would breathe new life into all the towns along the Bogan Way - Tottenham, Albert, Tullamore, Trundle and Bogan Gate. New homes would spring up, new businesses would open and people would be able to commute to and from Parkes and the Fifield mines for work. And the Central West would become an extremely viable option for many first home buyers and renters from Sydney and other unliveabe, overcrowded cities. On top of all these benefits, a whole new tourism market would open up, making it easier for International and Interstate visitors to experience the Central West in comfort, by rail.  By upgrading one branch line and reinstating one passenger rail service, which offered a daily commute for people living in the Central West, an entire region in western NSW would start to boom. It really is that simple to get the Central West back on track again.                

Sarina Sharp
439 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Stephan Knoll MP

Reinstate cut trains stopping at Marino Rocks, Marino and Seacliff stations between 8-9am

**Update: We’re expecting a reply from the Transport Minister to our 1000+ petition in June 2018.** The new Adelaide Metro timetable added 2 extra city bound trains to the Seaford Line between 6am and 9am, and a claimed doubling of semi express services. It also came with a pledge of a maximum 30 minute wait time. Our problemCommuters and school children from Marino Rocks, Marino and Seacliff have seen: trains cut from 4 to 2 between 8am and 9am with waits well over 30 mins. For example those missing the 8:07am train from Seacliff now see 2 express trains fly past, before the 8:42am service, arriving in the city well after 9am.  trains cut from 4 to 3 between 7am and 8am Marino and to a large extent Seacliff, have no other public transport options. This update actually makes it impossible for some school kids to get to school on the train now. Suggested alternatives like using a car to drive past our local stations (at a time when kids are on the streets trying to make their way to school) just so we can add to parking woes at “express stations” like Hallett Cove or Brighton are dangerous and ill judged. It takes trains 1 minute to stop at each station. The solutionBy at least making the new 8:08am service from Seaford stop at smaller stations (like the old 8:06am service did) you can maintain the 30 minute pledge, provide more options to get to the city (easing overcrowding) and will also placate schools. This should not be about shaving 2 minutes off a Seaford to City commute for a headline. This is about giving all stations a fair amount of choice for getting people to work and kids safely to school. The futureIf we’re not successful now, we’ll keep fighting. We already have in place this growing petition, a digital strategy, our new website and Facebook group. We also have the support of our very well established 5049 Coastal Community Group, partners in the press and politics.

Andy Welsh
1,088 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Bill Shorten, Anthony Albanese, Bill Shorten, Tanya Plibersek

Freeze Federal Funding of WestConnex

WestConnex is a proposed 33 km long tollway going through the inner suburbs of Sydney connecting the M4 and M5. Its current cost is a massive $16.8 billion, a cost to be met by taxpayers and heavy tolls. To date the NSW Government has committed $1.5 billion and obtained a commercial loan of $1.5 billion to fund the project. The Federal Government has committed a $1.8 billion grant and $2 billion loan for the project. This still leaves a funding gap of $10 billion, which will probably have to be met by the Federal Government committing further taxpayer funds.In spite of this massive expense, all independent transport experts say that WestConnex will increase, not reduce, traffic congestion. It will also divert funds that could otherwise be spent on public transport improvements.The WestConnex tollway has been surrounded by controversy and increasing community opposition. An incoming Labor Government would have the ability to freeze Federal funding for it.There is $300 million in Federal grant funding and a $2 billion Federal loan which is not due to be finalised and paid until after the election on July 2. An incoming Federal government has the power to stop these payments.WE CALL ON LABOR TO COMMIT TO CANCELLING THESE PAYMENTS AND ANY FUTURE FUNDING SHOULD A FEDERAL LABOR GOVERNMENT BE ELECTED.WestConnex is a disaster on many levels: Contrary to the NSW Government’s spurious claims that the proposed tollroad will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it would encourage car travel creating more traffic congestion and carbon emissions. Western Sydney needs better public transport services to the city and within Western Sydney, not an extra $100 a week per car in tolls. Even the NSW Government’s Environmental Impact Statement states this road will not work to reduce traffic congestion even in the medium term. It is massively expensive and the cost is spiraling out of control. It has increased by 68% in two years and is diverting money from other priorities such as public transport, schools and hospitals. The impact of WestConnex on communities in the inner west is devastating. It is heartbreaking to visit Haberfield as WestConnex smashes homes to the ground, displaces long-term residents, takes over green space and destroys trees. A Senate inquiry has been asked to investigate construction firm Leighton's involvement in the project after evidence about offshore bribery by a former executive came to light. It is time to change track as cities in advanced countries around the world are doing, and put the money into public and active transport instead of roads.

No WestConnex: Public Transport
1,515 supporters