Wollondilly and Wingecarribee Mayors meet to discuss rail issues

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Wollondilly and Wingecarribee Mayors meet to discuss rail issues

Posted on: 13.04.2018

As part of Wollondilly Council’s ongoing rail advocacy program, Mayor Judith Hannan met with Wingecarribee Mayor Ken Halstead recently to discuss ways the two Councils could lobby the State Government to improve rail services for commuters on the Southern Highlands line.

The meeting was prompted by feedback from local rail users who reported missing connections due to late running trains and recent timetable changes such as the cancellation of the 6.19pm train from Campbelltown to Goulburn.

Mayor Hannan said, “My fellow Councillors and I are astounded that the State Government can implement timetabling decisions that reduce service levels.”

“They say they are committed to better transport and the principles of connectivity, but timetabling decisions such as this are a step backwards,” she said.

Mayor Hannan believes that a united front on this matter, along with other shared matters, will result in a better outcome for both communities.

Wingecarribee Mayor Ken Halstead said he was willing to give support to the issue.

“There are many residents from our area who rely on the Southern Highlands line to commute to the Wollondilly Shire and further afield for work,” Mayor Halstead said.

“I would have serious concerns if any changes were implemented that adversely impacted travel times.”

The Mayors look forward to working together on advocacy issues and strengthening the relationship between the two Councils in the future.

 Meeting with Ken Halstead B