The “hub” station approach of the revised train timetable is not working in the northern suburbs, according to Keira MP Ryan Park.Government figures show using Thirroul as a “hub” station is not working, according to Keira MP Ryan Park.
The revised timetable released in October 2013 turned Thirroul into a hub station for express services with feeder services taking commuters to other stations along the line.
Keira MP Ryan Park has pointed to NSW Bureau of Transport Statistics to claim that commuters are not catching the feeder trains but are driving to Thirroul.
In 2014 usage at Austinmer dropped 14,019 to 22,426 passengers and Woonona fell 16,456 to 55,583.
In the same year Thirroul’s usage rose 22,241 to 416,948 –second only to Wollongong station.
Mr Park said the failed hub concept had led to large car parks at Woonona and Austinmer being underused.
“Whilewe’re moving everyone to Thirroulwe’re going past stations that havethe infrastructure to cope with large numbersof commuters,” Mr Park said.
“Whilethe system is designed to be a hub, the hub in this area is not working.”
A Transport for NSW spokesman declined to comment on whether the hub was working.
“Our patronage data shows that more customers are using Thirroul Station, with more than 20,000 passenger journeys to and from the station in 2014, compared with 2013 data,” he said.
“This is one of the reasons why we delivered a new 150-space car park for customers at Thirroul Station.”
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