Commute crisis


State MP for Granville Julia Finn and Shadow Minister for Transport Jodi McKay say Granville commuters will lose services under timetable changes which come into effect on November 26.

Story appeared in: Review | November 13th, 2017



GRANVILLE commuters have come off second best under this month's planned changes to public transport timetables, according to State MP for Granville, Julia Finn.
She said that from November 26, T1 Western Line trains will no longer stop at Granville from 6am to 10pm on weekdays, and passengers from Granville won't be able to catch direct trains to any stations further west than Parramatta.
Travel times from Granville to Town Hall will also jump from 31 minutes to 43 minutes, and travelling to Westmead will take go from six minutes to 15 minutes via Parramatta or 22 minutes via Lidcombe.
Ms Finn said Granville station was a major interchange for trains and buses and a junction point to the Main Western and original Main South Line but had been "systematically downgraded".
"For the Berejiklian Government to target our area with motorway tolls and to make rail transport harder to use and take longer, shows they just don't care about us," she said.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian described the new timetables as a ground-breaking moment.
"This will mark the biggest ever change to our transport network and means that since we came into Government in 2011, we have added 27,000 additional weekly transport services," she said.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Andrew Constance, said the changes were "huge".
"We have better aligned bus services to connect with trains services, we have added new routes, improved existing routes, reduced journey times and ultimately maximised the network to meet the growing demand," he said.
"Demand for public transport is going through the roof. In addition to game changing projects like Sydney Metro, we are giving customers what they need on the existing public transport network with more services, more often."
For information on the new timetables, call 131 500 or visit transportnsw.info.

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