Commuters on the South Coast Line have long suffered with a lack of carriages meaning a long trip spent standing for many. On a weekend service it is more common to find a train with four carriages rather than eight.
Ryan Park Shadow Minister for the Illawarra and South Coast has long lobbied the Minister for Transport for better services for Illawarra commuters on the South Coast Train line. For years the regions has been plagued by overcrowding and dangerous travel conditions with many commuters left without a seat.
Commuters have been told that relief was on the way with new carriages, being built in South Korea, scheduled to arrive this year. Mr Park has again raised concerns for the safety of passengers on the South Coast Line who continually raise their concerns with him regarding the lack of seating available and the overcrowded conditions of travel.
Mr Park has welcomed the recent commitment* by the Minister for Transport to introduce extra carriages from January 2020 on weekend services. There will be eight car carriages instead of four, between Kiama, Wollongong and Sydney on 44 services each weekend.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for the Illawarra and South Coast Ryan Park
“Overcrowding on the South Coast Train line has been a major issue for commuters and I welcome the changes to introduce extra carriages on weekend services.
“I have heard too many stories from elderly residents who have been forced to stand for their entire journey simply due to there only being four carriages on the service.
“If we want to encourage people to use public transport then we need to provide the services to meet that demand.
“This is a great win for the community and I thank them for their continued advocacy on this matter.
“It was not good enough that the region was told to wait, new carriages were coming with the new fleet, changes had to be made sooner and I am very pleased to hear that extra carriages are now only a few months away.