EXCLUSIVE: Transport for NSW documents admit 'cuts to Inner West Line trains and forced interchanges' are most significant issues from 2013 timetable change!
Restore Inner West Line has obtained internal documents from Transport for NSW following a month long Freedom of Information (GIPA) request.
The 2013 Customer Timetable Stakeholder Engagement Plan reveals "the most significant issues caused by the introduction of the 2013 timetable will relate to:"
- Rockdale and Kogarah stations - removed from some patterns
- Stations in Fairfield and Auburn electorates - increase interchange (Inner West Line cuts)
- North Shore Line peak stopping pattern changes
- Blue Mountains trains - no longer stopping at Westmead
- Other stations removed from some patterns: Kingsgrove/Beverly Hills, Yagoona/Wiley Park, Summer Hill, Stanmore, Warnervale/Wyee
Transport for NSW has failed to provide concrete evidence from 2013-2016 showing that the 2013 timetable change (with the Lidcombe/Homebush turnbacks) has improved the reliability of services on the Inner West, South and Western Lines.
The claim that using the Lidcombe turnback (terminating Bankstown trains at Lidcombe) increases Bankstown to City train frequencies has already been found to be false.
Transport for NSW acknowledges that cuts to Inner West Line trains (removal of Liverpool via Regents Park) and forced interchanges at Birrong, Lidcombe and Strathfield is "A-level impacts = Impact likely to be noticed by the majority of peak period station users".
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