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Thousands of commuters have said “enough is enough” by signing a petition calling for better services on the South Coast line, according to a Wollongong MP.
In September Labor’s transport spokeswoman Jodi McKay tabled the petition with more than 10,000 signatures calling for the government to commit to planning an upgrade of the South Coast rail line, particularly between Kiama and Bomaderry.
Because it had more than 10,000 signatures it automatically triggered a debate in state parliament.
Ms McKay said South Coast commuters were “frustrated” because they had been “neglected” by the government.
"Trains are infrequent, as we know,” Ms McKay said in parliament.
“They are often overcrowded and delayed, leaving commuters feeling as they have no other option but to drive.
“Even if they decide to catch the train, it is a constant gamble whether they will have a seat or whether the train will arrive on time.”
Wollongong MP Paul Scully said the more than 10,000 people who signed the petition were saying “enough is enough on the South Coast rail line”.
Mr Scully took issue with the government's approach to transport in the region, including the scrapping of rail services, the plan for fares on the Gong Shuttle and the four-year fight for extra carriages on afternoon services.
Kiama MP Gareth Ward said Ms McKay and Labor had said “FU to the F6”, over their decision to lean towards rail upgrades.
“We need both projects,” Mr Ward said. “We need investments in rail and in road.
“I have to say I am disappointed for the 25,000 people – and that number is growing – who drive from the Illawarra to Sydney every day.”
This article first appeared on www.illawarramercury.com.au
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