Wednesday, 10 August 2016

#SaveHurlstoneParkStation

‪#‎RestoreInnerWestLine‬ supports ‪#‎SaveHurlstoneParkStation‬ and calls on the NSW Government to reinstate Liverpool via Regents Park trains to take pressure off the Bankstown Line and Western Line!



More than 1,370 people use Hurlstone Park Station each day. Closing Hurlstone Park will mean more traffic on local roads, even worse overcrowding on bus services, and more congestion at surrounding trains stations. Sign the petition now to tell the Baird government to keep their hands off Hurlstone Park station!

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Letter: RIWL asks Transport Minister to fix Worst Downgrade in a Generation

History shows why Restore Inner West Line is needed.
"The decision to construct a railway from Regents Park west to Cabramatta... to avoid the congestion... of the main Western Line" Source: Liberty Plains A History of Auburn NSW (Page 189)/ Centenary Edition Pg 298
Restore Inner West Line's letter of 28/07/2016 to the NSW Transport Minister. We will provide an update when a reply is received:
Dear Andrew Constance (Transport Minister)
We draw your attention to Transport for NSW's statistics as reported in the Sydney Morning Herald on 16/02/2015 (http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/crisis-looms-for-sydney-train-commuters-20150213-13eao8.html) that the Western Line particularly between Strathfield, Lidcombe, Granville is at crisis point due to overcrowding.
We have recently read some local history of Liberty Plains and have discovered that that one of the main reasons that the Lidcombe to Cabramatta via Regents Park train line was constructed around 1924 was to alleviate pressure from the Western Line especially between Lidcombe and Granville.
On page 189 in "Liberty Plains A History of Auburn NSW", the historian/book's author states that the decision to construct a railway from Lidcombe/Regents Park to Cabramatta is to avoid congestion of Western Line.
Your predecessor Gladys Berejiklian removed the regular Liverpool via Regents Park train service on the Inner West Line as part of the Sydney Trains timetable change on 20 October 2013 claiming that separating the Inner West Line from the Western Line's rail corridor would improve the Western Line.
This has clearly not happened and in fact Transport for NSW's statistics show that overcrowding is worsening on the Western Line while the Lidcombe to Cabramatta via Regents Park route (which was part of the Inner West Line under 20 October 2013) remain largely unused.
We ask that the State Government reconsiders its position towards suburban train services for the communities of Homebush to Flemington, Lidcombe, Berala, Regents Park, Sefton, Chester Hill, Leightonfield, Villawood, Carramar, Cabramatta, Warwick Farm and Liverpool.
The Sydney Metro to Bankstown and WestConnex is not a relevant solution to the public transport needs of the commuters from the suburbs listed above. Neither is the extra 1000 Bankstown Line trains helpful to the area in question as these additional services mainly benefit commuters east of Bankstown.
Terminating the Bankstown Line at Lidcombe may have been reasonable to take away Bankstown trains on the Western rail corridor but removing the Liverpool via Regents Park train service leaving effectively unused tracks between Lidcombe and Cabramatta via Regents Park when the community is calling for more trains not less has been a step in the wrong direction.
I want to know what the government will specifically do to improve public transport for the communities and commuters of Berala, Regents Park, Sefton, Chester Hill, Leightonfield, Villawood, Carramar.
What will the government do to rectify the worst downgrade in a generation?
Regards
Restore Inner West Line

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

History shows why Restore Inner West Line is needed to reduce overcrowding

The NSW Liberal Government's 2013 reckless decision to remove the Liverpool via Regents Park train service on the Inner West Line has taken Sydney's public transport network backward nearly 100 years - it is the worst downgrade in a generation!

Sign and share the Restore Inner West Line petition!
Not only has the NSW Liberal Government's decision to remove regular Liverpool via Regents Park (Inner West Line cut at Homebush) train services forced commuters to make multiple interchanges such as at Birrong, Lidcombe and Strathfield to travel to the City or Inner West, it is contributed to worsening overcrowding on the Western Line.

Historical evidence shows that one of the main reasons for the Lidcombe to Cabramatta via Regents Park train route (part of the Inner West Line until 20 October 2013) was constructed to reduce overcrowding on the Western Line especially between Lidcombe and Granville.
History shows why Restore Inner West Line is needed.
"The decision to construct a railway from Regents Park west to Cabramatta... to avoid the congestion... of the main Western Line" Source: Liberty Plains A History of Auburn NSW (Page 189)/ Centenary Edition Pg 298
The Government's own Transport for NSW statistics show that the Western Line between Lidcombe and Granville is currently one of the most congested and overcrowded sections of the Sydney Trains network, while the Lidcombe to Cabramatta section (former Liverpool via Regents Park/Inner West Line) route is one of the least crowded routes.
Read More: www.smh.com.au/nsw/crisis-looms-for-sydney-train-commuters-20150213-13eao8.html
Current Transport Minister Andrew Constance and predecessor Gladys Berejiklian continue to claim that the removal of regular Liverpool via Regents Park train services and the termination of the Inner West Line at Homebush station was designed to improve capacity on the Western Line.

Tell the State Government to Restore the Inner West Line (Liverpool via Regents Park) train service!
Please sign and share the petition! 


Friday, 8 July 2016

Lidcombe Station Upgrade Lacks Inner West Line

Restore Inner West Line welcomes the upgrade to Lidcombe Station by Sydney Trains to improve customer accessibility.

However Lidcombe station needs more than just a facelift, the community needs the Inner West Line (Liverpool via Regents Park) train services restored.

Lidcombe Station's Platform 5 - End of the Bankstown Line and former Inner West Line direct city services.
The community action group calls upon Transport for NSW and Sydney Trains to also include a restoration of the Inner West Line (Liverpool via Regents Park) train service as part of plans for public transport improvements at Lidcombe in the longer term.


Thursday, 23 June 2016

Students' Journey Increased by 40 Minutes

 A 5 stop journey from Berala to Strathfield used to be 10 minutes direct on the Inner West Line, now it takes 50 minutes and involves an interchange at Lidcombe.

Sign the Petition to #RestoreInnerWestLine: 
www.change.org/p/restore-inner-west-line-reinstate-liverpool-and-bankstown-via-regents-park-train-services