Scot MacDonald
11th Jan 2018

NSW Liberal Upper House MP and Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter, Scot MacDonald says he "apologises to commuters and train users who were impacted by delays and disruptions to the services earlier this week. But I am very confident the Government can learn from the challenges arising from recent disruptions.”

“The Government is committed to bedding down the extra services and providing the additional capacity Sydney and the Intercity Fleet needs,” Mr MacDonald said.

The NSW Government is investing in extra services for the Sydney train network and intercity services to the Central Coast and the Hunter”.

Mr MacDonald stated “The new $2.3 billion Intercity Fleet is now a little over a year away from the commencement of roll out. That will also increase reliability and comfort for train users on the Central Coast."

The Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance has acknowledged there have been issues with how quickly the network recovers from major incidents and that’s why yesterday he ordered an urgent report into the issue.

It is likely to include:

  • Staffing contingency levels to swiftly recover from weather and other uncontrolled event
  • Potential minor adjustments to services if required to improve recovery time from delays
  • Resource allocation to ensure staff and trains are best positioned across the network

“More people are using public transport and the State Government is responding with around 1500 extra services; investment in infrastructure and rolling stock. This follows years of underinvestment by the previous Labor government."