Thirroul residents to voice rail timetable concerns at public meeting

Stephen Kennard at Thirroul station. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER
Stephen Kennard at Thirroul station. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Thirroul residents will voice their concerns about the rail timetable to government officials at a public meeting on Tuesday night.

Since the introduction of the revised train timetable, residents and business owners in Thirroul have complained of increased traffic as more commuters drive to the station.

The new timetable introduced a number of "express" services in peak hours that cut out stations around Thirroul.

Commuters from neighbouring suburbs who previously caught the train at their local station have since chosen to drive to Thirroul and park in the car parks or streets surrounding the station.

Neighbourhood Forum Three convener Stephen Kennard said locals were still angry about the situation created by the timetable.

"There is still just as much angst about it as there had been when it started," Mr Kennard said.

Stephen Kennard at Thirroul station. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Stephen Kennard at Thirroul station. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

"People deal with it how they can but we're being told by everybody that things need to change. We haven't got any positive messages from Railways yet but we hope to achieve something with this meeting."

Tuesday's Neighbourhood Forum Three meeting will be attended by NSW Trains regional general manager Candice-Anne Heine and Heathcote MP Lee Evans.

Mr Kennard said the meeting was so that the government could hear the residents' concerns and then find out what would be done to fix the problem.

The neighbourhood forum's preferred option was to reintroduce stops at Bulli and Austinmer.

Failing that, having the fast trains alternate between stops at Bulli-Thirroul and Thirroul-Austinmer would be acceptable.

"That would go a fair way to solving the problem," Mr Kennard said.

"I was told last week they have a problem with fast trains stopping at three consecutive stations. Well, OK, because of our situation with parking at Thirroul, this would resolve both those problems, stopping at the two stations on alternate fast trains.

"It means that people in Bulli and Austinmer don't have to drive to Thirroul, one because it's a nuisance and two because we don't have enough parking for them."

After eight months of campaigning, Mr Kennard said this meeting was far from the end of the issue.

"Whatever they think about us, we're not going to stop because it's a serious problem that needs a serious short-term answer as well as a conversation about the long term plans for better parking and traffic in Thirroul," he said.

The Neighbourhood Forum meeting is at 7pm at the Thirroul Library and Community Centre Hall.