Macarthur commuters have Labor's support

Train trouble.
Train trouble.

Local Labor MPs have vowed to help Macarthur commuters who have been negatively impacted by the state government’s new train timetable.

Campbelltown MP Greg Warren and Macquarie Fields MP Anoulack Chanthivong have been left seething after the new timetable kicked in at the end of last month.

The changes saw all direct services from Campbelltown to Liverpool and Parramatta cut. There are also 13 less services that depart Campbelltown Train Station between 6am-9am.

Mr Warren said Labor – should it be re-elected at the next election – would conduct a review into the timetable in order to provide a fairer service for Macarthur commuters.

“It has become abundantly clear that just about every commuter in Campbelltown is worse off under this new timetable, not better off as the government promised,” he said.

“The Premier (Gladys Berejiklian) called the new timetable an early Christmas present for commuters, but it’s less like Santa Claus and more like the Grinch.

“Local residents have a clear commitment from me and the Labor Party – if Labor wins the next state election, we will review this timetable and make it fairer for Macarthur commuters.”

Opposition transport spokeswoman Jodi McKay said “Labor’s timetable will redress the balance and restore the fairness”.

“Timetable changes should mean improved services not increased travel times and skipped stations,” she said.

“The people who are facing some of the longest commutes to the city and Parramatta should not be penalised but that is exactly what has happened here.”