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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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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- Story correction: The date of the timetable change was amended: 18/01/18