Member for Keira Ryan Park is once again disappointed at the lack of concern the Baird Liberal Government has shown to Illawarra commuters, with Transport Minister Andrew Constance failing to come to the table with a positive plan to ease the burden of the Bulli Pass closure, despite the closure being less than a week away.
Since Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South coast, Gareth Ward MP announced that Bulli Pass will close for two months this year for road maintenance, Mr Park has put forward a range of positive solutions to ease the burden that the closure will have on the thousands of Illawarra residents who commute to Sydney each day.
Mr Park has proposed opening the pass in one direction during peak hours as well as putting Bulli Train Station back onto the express train timetable to provide a public transport option for commuters. A Bulli stop would take cars off Lawrence Hargrave Drive, avoiding chaos at nearby Thirroul station, which is already infamous for its parking woes in the wake of the Liberal’s failed Thirroul commuter car park.
Back in August, Mr Park wrote a letter to Minister Constance imploring him to make concessions for the 10,000 people that use Bulli Pass each day, by putting Bulli station back on the express service. Despite that letter being sent six weeks ago – the Minister has failed to provide Mr Park with a response.
As time runs out before the closure, Illawarra commuters are becoming increasingly annoyed at the Baird Government’s “tough luck” attitude for Illawarra commuters.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Illawarra Ryan Park:
“I have written to Mr Constance putting forward a range of positive policies to reduce the burden of the Bulli Pass closure. Mr Constance has arrogantly ignored my suggestions and the community’s concern.
“In less than a week Bulli Pass will close. The Baird Liberal Government has shown complacency to Illawarra commuters. RMS asked for community feedback but have failed to implement any of the suggestions received, such as adding Bulli Station to the express timetable, or opening the pass in one direction for peak-hour traffic.
“I have been putting forward positive policies, working proactively on behalf of my community – yet Minister Constance has stuck his head in the sand, trying to ignore the pending chaos"
“It’s just not good when you have a Government that shows a ‘tough luck’ attitude to the people that rely on it. What’s the point of asking for community feedback if you don’t implement any of it?