A Rally for Public Transport will be held on Saturday 20th October 10am - 11am outside Regents Park station.Would no doubt be of interest to RTT_Rules. While there has obviously been a lot of local community agitation, it seems to have slipped under the radar as far as the broader transport community is concerned. That's surprising, as it affects a significant part of Luke Foley's electorate of Auburn, but I haven't heard much from him about it.
The rally is supported by Restore Inner West Line (Liverpool via Regents Park), Save T3 Bankstown Line, The Battler, the Sydenham-Bankstown Alliance and other local groups.
20th October is 5 years since the 2013 train timetable which began many cuts to services in the Auburn/Cumberland and Bankstown Council areas.
- Inner West Line cut at Homebush - removing City to Liverpool/Bankstown via Regents Park services (2013)
- All express services to City cut from Lidcombe, Auburn, Granville in the peak (2017 timetable)
- 9 stations west of Bankstown (Berala, Regents Park, Sefton, Chester Hill, Leightonfield, Villawood, Carramar, Birrong, Yagoona) to lose all trains to City once the Sydenham-Bankstown Metro construction starts
Transport for NSW's own "Community/Stakeholder Engagement Plan" lists the removal of the Liverpool via Regents Park train and changes to services for Lidcombe, Auburn, Granville as major issues in the timetable changes.
The themes of the Rally for Public Transport are: Fight back against the Berejiklian government’s attacks on public transport.
- Restore Inner West Line to Liverpool via Regents Park
- Save T3 Bankstown Line (No T3 Metro)
- Fast Trains for Lidcombe and Less Overcrowding
Some years back there was a lot of different brands of butter sold, one of them was one called Foley's Pure Butter, unfortunately the current version in political terms has as much charisma and ability to much as the long gone table version.
While I support this rally, and for me the current mobs intentions with Sydney rail transport is abysmal leaving too many people without any real PT options at all, the old (now) dumbed down turn back farce brought in by Costa's wonder brain at locations that already had, in the main those facilities already in place, now being shown by loss of train services as highlighted in the main post now is going to affect more than ever commuters on the whole of the line from Lidcombe to Cabramatta, and neither side of politics gives a toot.
What does not help is that the premier has her head around the publicity for a horse race on the opera house sails to wit she would like herself and the smug mug transport minister maybe taking grand spots on the sails for their vision of the rail network, which takes into consideration that one day we will be rid of trains, the associated workers and therefore no need to worry about commuters. VIVA NSW.