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Now is the time to bring the South Coast rail line into the 21 century, according to a community group behind a petition which was recently tabled in NSW Parliament.
The Unions Shoalhaven sponsored petition called for the upgrade and electrification of the rail line from Kiama to Bomaderry and it was massively supported.
The petition, with over 10 000 signatures on it, was collated over the last few months.
The petition was tabled by the NSW Opposition Spokesperson for Transport, Jodi McKay with support from the member for Wollongong, Paul Scully.
Unions Shoalhaven Vice President, Tim Montgomery, said after decades of neglect, it was high time that the funding for this significant and vital project was guaranteed and supported by all levels of government.
“The petition was designed to draw attention to the totally inadequate rail service to the Shoalhaven and beyond,” Mr Montgomery said.
“Having to change trains at Kiama makes it difficult for South Coast residents to access a whole range of services that are unavailable locally.
“A faster and more reliable trip would benefit all, including tourists as our economy largely depends on tourism.”
State member for the South Coast Shelley Hancock said the matter should be called out for what it’s - a cheap political stunt.
“I have always been, and always will be an advocate for improved rail services for the South Coast,” Mrs Hancock said.
“However, let’s call this out for what it is - a cheap political stunt, political posturing and bluster with no real action and no commitment or plan to improve the service.”
This article first appeared on www.southcoastregister.com.au
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