WHAT YOU'RE SAYING | About the new train timetables

STATIONARY: Sandra Paolella, of Abbotsbury, at Fairfield station last Friday morning. “The minor improvements for some inner-city suburbs are at the expense of Fairfield commuters." Picture: Geoff Thomas
STATIONARY: Sandra Paolella, of Abbotsbury, at Fairfield station last Friday morning. “The minor improvements for some inner-city suburbs are at the expense of Fairfield commuters." Picture: Geoff Thomas

Many readers have been angered by the new train timetables and “improved” services and the Champion has received many complaints.

Sandra Paolella, of Abbotsbury, expressed her frustration at how the timetable and “improvements” affect her personally. Her comments reflect what many have been saying.

JACK GHOSN, 19, of Yagoona | "The change in timetables has made it easier, to be honest. It's made for quicker times. It's the right timeline for me and it's fitting into my schedule really well. No complaints at all."

JACK GHOSN, 19, of Yagoona | "The change in timetables has made it easier, to be honest. It's made for quicker times. It's the right timeline for me and it's fitting into my schedule really well. No complaints at all."

“Public transport for Fairfield residents who commute to the city for work daily has never been good,” she said. “Getting to and from the station is difficult for many and parking is a major issue as most people are forced to park in streets often considerable distances from the station.

The government said it would improve services across the network. Sadly, it's done the opposite.

Sandra Paolella, of Abbotsbury

“On November 26 the government introduced a new timetable which they claimed would improve services across the network. Sadly for Fairfield rail commuters, the opposite has been the case.

TAINA BORG, 38, of Fairfield | "It's not more difficult for me. I go to Kogarah every day for work as a nurse and the trains arrive and leave at times that suit me and all my shifts."

TAINA BORG, 38, of Fairfield | "It's not more difficult for me. I go to Kogarah every day for work as a nurse and the trains arrive and leave at times that suit me and all my shifts."

“The morning peak express services have been cancelled and replaced by trains which now stop at an additional eight inner-city stations and there are three additional stops during the return evening peak periods.

“To add to this sorry experience rolling stock is often uncomfortable old stock lacking airconditioning. New rolling stock which is common across the system is rarely seen on these long commutes.

DANIEL PATTERSON, 25, of Glenfield | "I gotta leave a half-hour earlier now each day but that's because I lost my license and have to catch the train instead of driving. I take the train from Glenfield to Fairfield here where I work. It's normally 45 minutes on the road but now it's an hour and a half on the train. Can't blame the timetables for that."

DANIEL PATTERSON, 25, of Glenfield | "I gotta leave a half-hour earlier now each day but that's because I lost my license and have to catch the train instead of driving. I take the train from Glenfield to Fairfield here where I work. It's normally 45 minutes on the road but now it's an hour and a half on the train. Can't blame the timetables for that."

“The extra stops are providing increased services to inner-city stations in suburbs that already have extensive bus, train and light-rail services. The minor increase in service to these suburbs has come at the expense of Fairfield commuters.

HANA JOHN AZRAK, 34, of Fairfield Heights | "We've had to take the train to Campbelltown for a medical situation with my family. It used to be just the one train but now after the timetable changes we have to change trains which has made the whole trip longer for us all."

HANA JOHN AZRAK, 34, of Fairfield Heights | "We've had to take the train to Campbelltown for a medical situation with my family. It used to be just the one train but now after the timetable changes we have to change trains which has made the whole trip longer for us all."

“We’re left wondering whether our local and state politicians have been caught napping as improvements in public transport services are moved from Fairfield to benefit residents in other parts of Sydney.”

Greens MP and Transport spokeswoman Mehreen Faruqi has weighed in on the matter. “This government brought in the new timetable for political brownie points but this has really backfired,” she said.

PAMELA GROLLEDGE, 66, of Fairfield |  "I've been travelling by train to work for 31 years and I'm happy with the changes. "I've been taking the Liverpool train via Granville to the city and you couldn't get on at Fairfield and Homebush. It used to add 15, 20, up to 25 minutes one way. They never connected. Last year I had to go to Strathfield and come back. The new timetable stops at Homebush, which used to be the forgotten station. I've gotta give them credit for that. I'm very, very happy. Now the problem is coming home. I take the Parramatta train and have to change at Granville. So going to work is great, they just stuff it up coming home."

PAMELA GROLLEDGE, 66, of Fairfield | "I've been travelling by train to work for 31 years and I'm happy with the changes. "I've been taking the Liverpool train via Granville to the city and you couldn't get on at Fairfield and Homebush. It used to add 15, 20, up to 25 minutes one way. They never connected. Last year I had to go to Strathfield and come back. The new timetable stops at Homebush, which used to be the forgotten station. I've gotta give them credit for that. I'm very, very happy. Now the problem is coming home. I take the Parramatta train and have to change at Granville. So going to work is great, they just stuff it up coming home."

“The public and Sydney Trains staff are now feeling the brunt of this Government’s extensive neglect of the system. They know full well that demand has been increasing and investment is desperately needed.”

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  • Meanwhile, an arrest has been made at Canley Vale as part of a special police operation targeting anti-social behaviour on trains for which 22 trains and 37 stations were patrolled, 14 people searched, 16 told to move on and 34 transport infringements issued. More here.
  • Story correction: The date of the timetable change was amended: 18/01/18

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