South Australia Shadow Minister for Transport Vickie Chapman
Residents Shortchanged By Weatherill Labor
Victor P Taffa
Belair residents are outraged at the Weatherill Labor Government’s changes to train timetables that mean five peak-hour train services will terminate at Blackwood.
Services to Glenalta, Pinera and Belair stations will be limited between 4.45 pm and 7 pm weekdays.
This latest blow follows a series of inconveniences for local residents including the six month long closure of the line and a delay in its reopening.
Residents were also forced to endure bad advice from the Weatherill Labor Government when a temporary street sign gave the incorrect date of the line’s reopening. The false information was displayed for the entirety of last weekend.
“South Australians have already been inconvenienced with rail closures and the delay in re-opening the Belair line.” Shadow Transport Minister Vickie Chapman said.
“Now they find that the line will not be returning to full services.”
“It’s unfair to create the expectation that full services will resume and then fail to deliver.” Ms. Chapman said.
“Residents in these communities have tolerated an embarrassing sequence of Labor Government bungling to be now told that more than half of the peak hour services they previously enjoyed would cease is a slap in the face.”
“Unfortunately the Weatherill Labor Government seems incapable of learning from its mistakes Labor’s management of the transport system in South Australia has been nothing short of diabolical.”
“Premier Weatherill and his Labor Government need to adopt better priorities to get South Australia back on track.” Ms. Chapman said.
Former Labor Premier Mike Rann and his Transport Minister Patrick Conlon had the trains running smoothly. Premier Rann announced a program to electrify Adelaide’s Rail Network. This program has been axed by current Labor Premier Jay Weatherill.