Changes ahead for Coast commuters

Services to be cut.

Changes ahead for Coast commuters

Wyong MP David Harris has raised the proposed changes to Central Coast and Newcastle Line trains with Transport Minister Andrew Constance, with a new timetable starting later this month set to cut services through the Coast.

From Sunday November 26th, the 5.32 a.m. and the 5.39 a.m. trains from Wyee and Warnervale will terminate at Gosford.  

Mr Harris criticised this development yesterday. In response, Mr Constance said the government will be growing services on the Coast as part of the timetable change.

"I believe it is on bus route 47 that there will be additional services," Mr Constance said.

"Clearly commuters from Warnervale or Wyee who have to change trains at Wyong or Gosford to get to Sydney are being treated as second-class citizens," Mr Harris said today.

"The government is adding more services to Sydney... (but) Central Coast commuters should be getting first priority because of the hours a day they travel on the system."

Other changes will see the 6:45am service from Gosford to Sydney will stop at Burwood station before reaching Sydney Central.

While three Central to Newcastle bound trains in the afternoon - leaving at 4:58, 5:28 and 5:58pm - will also stop at the Inner-West station on top of the existing stops at Strathfield, Eastwood, Epping and Hornsby.

Meantime, Mr Harris says Labor will continue to put the pressure on the state government to give the Coast's commuters what they're worth.

"In December, we'll be holding a rally at Tuggerah station to highlight the fact that station still doesn't have a lift despite being one of the busiest on the Coast, and we'll also be raising issues about keeping guards on trains."

Around 23% of all Central Coast residents travel to other regions to work.