Improved services for the shire’s train commuters has become Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell’s number one priority.
He is fed up with the unreliable train service commuters face on a daily basis and is calling on the state government to work with the council and train service organisations to provide on-time services.
Mr Rowell would like to see more reliable trains with increased capacity, better toilets, better air-conditioning and Wi-Fi.
“The Southern Highlands train line needs a direct service from Moss Vale, through Picton and onto Central that takes less than two hours,” he said. “I am calling for these changes to be made in the next timetable review which is scheduled for next year.”
Mr Rowell said the train line needs electro-diesel trains with six carriages.
“I want the state government to put its money where its mouth is and find the money in the budget to make this happen,” he said. “We are happy to take our fair share of the population if we have the infrastructure.
“More than 70 per cent of locals travel outside the shire for education or work and our trains aren’t getting better. They are getting worse."
Mr Rowell said freight trains had the priority on the line and the state government needed to negotiate with the Australian Rail Track Corporation to get more timetable slots on the service line.
Wollondilly deputy mayor Robert Khan has lobbied for a direct train service.
“Mr Rowell and I want this update to happen soon,” Cr Khan said. “Commuters continue to miss their connecting trains at Macarthur station and this problem would be fixed with a direct service.”