The Berejiklian Government’s train timetable – introduced a year ago despite warnings from transport experts - has been confirmed a failure in a new report from the state’s independent watchdog.
Despite protestations by Transport Minister Andrew Constance to the contrary, the NSW Auditor General found that punctuality on Sydney’s trains fell when the new timetable was introduced exactly a year ago.
Trains were running on time on 93.8 per cent of services prior to the introduction of the new timetable but fell to 89.8 per cent in its aftermath.
“Prior to the timetable change, three out of four train lines met the punctuality target. After the timetable change, only one train line out of five met the punctuality target,” the Auditor General wrote.
Yet the Transport Minister insists his new timetable is a success despite delays, periodic chaos and meltdowns. He went live with the timetable in late November despite not having enough drivers or contingency plans in place to deal with unforeseen events.
The Auditor General’s report also found Sydney’s commuters expressed their frustration by complaining more. In 2017/18 there was a 29 per cent increase in complaints about Sydney’s trains.