Replacement Epping-Chatswood bus plan: public pain for private benefit
Greens NSW MP and Transport spokesperson Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC has responded to reports of the government’s plan to replace Epping-Chatswood train services with buses.
Dr Faruqi said:
“By putting hundreds of private buses onto already congested roads in order to install a privately-operated train line, the NSW government has really outdone itself.”
“The Epping-Chatswood line conversion is no more than ripping up a perfectly good heavy rail line, just so the government can justify its private, single-deck train agenda.
“Months of replacement buses will be a nightmare for the public, followed by the indefinite pain of overcrowding at Chatswood station and losing a direct link to the city. This is not how public transport should work.
“Try as they might, the government has not been able to prove why single-deck train shuttle services are in any way useful in the suburban areas.
“The plan reaffirms what the Greens have been saying all along: that North West Rail Link is a project to benefit private profit, not the public good.
“The conversion of the Epping to Chatswood line is just the start of the cannibalisation and privatisation of the Sydney Trains network.
“There is no other reason why the government wouldn’t build North West Rail Link as a publicly operated double-deck line, and allow it to connect seamlessly with the Epping-Chatswood leg,” she concluded.