Since 2013, the commuters and public transport of Sydney and surrounds have been subjected to continuous attack from the NSW Liberal State Government with cut after cut to trains.
Starting with Premier Barry O’ Farrell, then Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian followed by Premier Mike Baird with Transport Minister Andrew Constance and now Premier Berejiklian, the number of communities and suburbs losing train services is rapidly increasing.
The following is a list of stations that have lost at least 1 or more heavy rail line and/or have services reduced.
Inner West Line (Liverpool via Regents Park removed, Inner West Line truncated at Homebush): Flemington, Lidcombe, Berala, Regents Park, Sefton, Chester Hill, Leightonfield, Villawood, Carramar, Warwick Farm, Liverpool
Illawarra Line (services reduced): Rockdale, Kogarah, Mortdale
Airport Line (former East Hills Line, services reduced): Beverly Hills, Kingsgrove
Olympic Park Line (Olympic Park via Strathfield removed): Olympic Park
North Shore Line (services reduced): Killara, Lindfield, Roseville, Pymble, Wahroonga, Warawee
South Line (services removed from line): Summer Hill, Stanmore
Newcastle and Central Coast Line (services reduced): Warnervale, Wyee
Blue Mountains Line (service removed from line): Westmead
Newcastle Line (line truncated at Wickham): Newcastle, Civic, Wickham
South Line (line truncated to Leppington/South West Rail Link): Macquarie Fields, Ingleburn, Minto, Leumeah, Campbelltown
Epping to Chatswood Rail Link: Macquarie University, Macquarie Park, North Ryde
Bankstown Line (Sydenham to Bankstown): Marrickville, Dulwich Hill, Hurlstone Park, Cantebury, Campsie, Belmore, Lakemba, Wiley Park, Punchbowl, Bankstown
And this is what we know so far… 49 stations adversely affected by the decisions of the current NSW Liberal State Government. 14 stations have had 98% – 100% of their line’s train services removed. 11 stations have had train services majorly reduced to the extent that Transport for NSW acknowledges it as a significant issue. 13 stations will be rebuilt despite currently being fully operational forcing commuters onto replacement buses.
Gladys Berejiklian implemented the WORST DOWNGRADE IN A GENERATION in 2013 and now as Premier with the assistance of Transport Minister Andrew Constance has promised a so-called “More Trains, More Services” program that will in fact result in less trains and less services for many existing communities and suburbs.