Greens call on government to justify shutting down and privatising Bankstown line
Greens NSW MP and Transport spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi, has said that the Transport Minister’s admission that the Bankstown Line will be shut down for over six months is shocking given the government’s continual failure to provide evidence for the Sydney Metro project. (SMH: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/conversion-of-bankstown-line-for-metro-trains-will-force-commuters-to-catch-buses-for-months-20160413-go52wc.html)
Dr Faruqi said:
“Commuters on the Bankstown line would be rightfully frustrated and shocked to hear that the great apparent transport fix for their area is to shut down and privatise their existing rail service.
“To this point, the government has never given any detailed evidence of why shutting down and privatising the Bankstown line is the way to fix the train network, rather than actually expanding it to new areas or putting higher frequency trains on other lines.
“No business case or EIS has been forthcoming, but the government is going full steam ahead to flog our train lines off to a private operator.
“This whole project will cost upwards of $20 billion and it’s about time the government actually explained themselves.
“Public transport privatisation has a pretty terrible record across the world and if the government thinks they can just hand out network over, they’ve got another thing coming,” she said.