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Macquarie Fields MP Anoulack Chanthivong is calling on the state government to send air-conditioned trains to Macarthur ahead of the sweltering summer season.
The MP said it was not good enough that commuters who take the T8, T2 and T5 lines were forced to endure non-air-conditioned trains during their trips to work and back.
He has called on NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance to send modern, air-conditioned Waratah trains to service Macarthur commuters.
“Non-air-conditioned trains are unbearable, unacceptable and unfair,” Mr Chanthivong said.
“Local commuters have tolerated trains without air-conditioning for too long.
“People should not have to travel in carriages as hot as ovens to get to and from work each day.”
Eschol Park commuter Abigail Grimes said she got so sick of the stifling temperatures in summer and “freezing” temperatures in winter that she gave up on trains.
“I was commuting from Minto to Liverpool, and before that to Parramatta, every day and it was just not acceptable on those trains,” she said.
“Often they’d be the trains where the windows could not even open – it was hot and sweaty.
“There were times when the trains would have to wait because people were throwing up.”
Ms Grimes said she now endured traffic to get to work in Liverpool because she could not stand the fluctuating temperatures on trains.
She said modern, air-conditioned trains needed to be sent to the Macarthur area, especially for peak hour services, before the true heat of summer kicked in.
The government has ordered extra 24 Waratah Series 2 for the rail network.
“The first of these trains started carrying customers in south-west Sydney last month and we now have four sets operating on the T2 Inner West and Leppington, T3 Bankstown and T8 Airport and South Lines,” a Sydney Trains spokesman said.
“Customers who use these lines can look forward to all 24 trains to be in service by early 2019.”
This article first appeared on www.wollondillyadvertiser.com.au
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