The NSW Government introduced a train timetable in October 2013, which created parking nightmares for Thirroul and longer travel times for many commuters. They were forced to admit that the timetable wasn’t working and finally introduced a three month trial of adding a stop at Austinmer to a number of peak services.
Train commuters have taken up the opportunity to use Austinmer train station with cars filling up the previously abandoned spaces.
Austinmer commuters are saving an average of close to half an hour each day, meaning more time spent at home with family and friends.
This week in the NSW Parliament*, Member for Keira Ryan Park called on the Government to release how the trial was tracking. He said two months into the trial he wanted an update on how the trial is progressing and an announcement that the change will remain in place.
As previously publicly reported, the carpark usage has risen by a massive 500% and Mr Park said locals had welcomed the change on social media.
Quotes attributable to the Member for Keira Ryan Park:
Austinmer commuters were left frustrated when the Government wasted time and money on building the failed commuter car park at Thirroul when all they wanted was this stop reintroduced.
Residents from the Keira electorate represent a large portion of commuters.
The car park is full and there are people standing on the platforms in the morning waiting for the train, so that would be a clear indication that this is working.
What we want is some kind of indication from the Government about how the trial is tracking and when a formal announcement will be made about this being made permanent. They need to be provided with some certainty about this sooner rather than later.
Commuters have been stuffed around by this Government for years now. All they want is to be assured that after three months, the stop is going to remain in place. This is not too much to ask.
Let’s be clear, it was the NSW Liberal Government who created this mess and they then wanted a pat on the back for trying to partially clean up the mess they made.