Ryan Park pleased with stops at Austinmer but says changes don't go far enough

Keira MP Ryan Park is pleased some of the trial stops at Austinmer station have been made permanent but wants a similar trial to take place at Bulli station.

Keira MP Ryan Park is pleased some of the trial stops at Austinmer station have been made permanent but wants a similar trial to take place at Bulli station.

Making some express trains stop at Austinmer station only solved part of the rail problem on the South Coast, said Keira MP Ryan Park.

On Thursday, Transport Minister Andrew Constance said four of the 10 Austinmer stops that had been part of a three-month trial would be made permanent.

“I welcome the introduction of Austinmer being included as a permanent stop on some of the express services to Sydney however the Minister needs to explain why less than half of what were trialled have been made permanent,” Mr Park said.

The government has said Opal card data showed the four retained services were the most popular.

Mr Park also echoed the Thirroul Transport Committee’s disappointment that no trial of express stops at Bulli was under consideration.

“It is a shame that the government failed to use this opportunity to also make a positive announcement of Bulli being added to the remaining three express services,” Mr Park said.

“With Bulli Pass being closed for two months this is the perfect opportunity to encourage people on to public transport.”

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