Labor commits to train timetable review to “restore fairness”

Review: Labor candidate for Penrith Karen McKeown, Opposition Leader Luke Foley, and Londonderry MP Prue Car during a recent meeting at Cranebook.
Review: Labor candidate for Penrith Karen McKeown, Opposition Leader Luke Foley, and Londonderry MP Prue Car during a recent meeting at Cranebook.

Labor would review the new transport timetable to restore “fairness” to western Sydney commuters if elected to government in 2019, according to Opposition Leader Luke Foley.

But Penrith MP Stuart Ayres has dismissed the move as “hiding” behind a review when they should commit to showing the electorate a new timetable.

The timetable came into effect late last month, with some western Sydney commuters complaining of longer journey times, fewer stops and fewer direct services.

Labor candidate for Penrith, Karen McKeown, said locals had complained to her of longer journey times as the trains no longer arrived when buses were on the stand.

Mr Foley said locals had been affected by a reduction in services from Penrith stopping at Granville, and Blue Mountains trains that no longer stopped at Redfern, cutting access to key services such as Sydney University and Australian Technology Park.

“It has become abundantly clear that many people in western Sydney are worse not better off under this new timetable,” he said.

“If elected I will commit Labor to reviewing the timetable, to rid the bias against western Sydney and restore some fairness.”

Penrith MP Stuart Ayres last week challenged Labor to come up with a new timetable, and dismissed the new commitment to review the timetable as “Labor’s policy … to look at everything and do nothing.

“They did that for 16 years so clearly nothing has changed,” he said in a statement.

“Labor won’t commit to a new timetable because it would mean ripping services off the Western line. So they just hide behind a review. Just another example of Foley walking away from western Sydney.”