Commuters cop unfair deal as new train timetable rolls out

24 November 2017

The introduction of a new train timetable from Sunday has prompted an angry reaction from local commuters, many of who have contacted local Member for Macquarie Fields, Anoulack Chanthivong MP, to express their frustration and disgust.

Commuters south of Glenfield will be severely impacted when direct train services to Liverpool, Parramatta and Blacktown cease under unfair and retrograde changes to be introduced by the Berejiklian Liberal Government.

All T5 Cumberland Line and T2 South Line services will start and end at Leppington Station, forcing commuters south of Glenfield through to Macarthur to change at Glenfield.

“My office has been inundated with complaints about the new train timetable and commuters are furious that the new timetable will add to their already long travel times,” Mr Chanthivong said.

“It’s cruel and unfair that commuters south of Glenfield are set to be punished by the Government for catching a train to and from work. It’s a step backwards and one that will greatly inconvenience the hard working people in my electorate. 

Commuters have raised concerns that the new timetable will add an extra 30 to 40 minutes to their daily commute.

“People in south west Sydney already spend enough time catching trains to work. Any cut in services which makes public transport less accessible is simply not good enough. Our commuters deserve better.” 

Mr Chanthivong said the community’s concerns about the new timetable comes on top of existing frustration about non air-conditioned carriages, inadequate commuter carparking and the lack of lifts at Macquarie Fields Station.

“We are a growing community. We need more, not fewer, services,” Mr Chanthivong said.

“All we want is our fair share.”