The State Government is set to review its controversial train timetable and introduce new services to and from Penrith as part of a major election commitment.
The timetable, introduced in November 2017, made journeys from Penrith to the city slower and removed Redfern as a stop on Blue Mountains Line services despite its growing popularity with students and workers.
Transport Minister Andrew Constance eventually bowed to public pressure and reinstated Redfern as a stop on some services.
Nine News reported tonight that Premier Gladys Berejiklian will soon announce plans for major timetable tweaks including new Penrith services both on weekdays and weekends.
— Nine News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) February 5, 2019
Ms Berejiklian will likely announce the changes closer to the March 23 State Election in an effort to win over frustrated commuters.
Sydney Trains figures show that Western Line services run below punctuality targets in peak periods consistently. The 92 per cent on-time running target hasn’t been met in more than six months.
Troy Dodds is the Weekender’s Managing Editor. He has more than 15 years experience as a journalist, working with some of Australia’s leading media organisations.