Union Must Be Part of the Solution
10 Jan 2018
The Sydney Business Chamber has supported the NSW Government’s announcement of a transport review in the wake of yesterday’s Sydney train debacle, but says a solution will only be found if the Union is part of the consultation.
“What happened yesterday put at risk Sydney’s reputation as an efficient and resilient global city and whilst the weather was a factor there was a human dimension to the issues that emerged and these must be resolved before Sydney returns to work and school late January,” said Patricia Forsythe, Executive Director of the Sydney Business Chamber.
“It is not a time for finger-pointing and clearly there were many factors at play, it is now time for long-term solutions to be found.
“Business welcomed the November timetable changes because they were designed to add more services and provide more seats but we did that in the belief that it represented a step forward in meeting Sydney’s public transport needs and we need to know that reliability has not been sacrificed.
“A pleasing improvement in Sydney trains has been seen in the past five years, including better customer focus, cleanliness, station upgrades and efficient ticketing, but what happened yesterday puts the well-earned reputation of a great system at risk.
“The two week transport review is a good immediate response but the real test will be in being able to assure train users that the system is reliable,” Mrs Forsythe said.