New year, same problems.
But Campbelltown MP Greg Warren (Labor) hopes 2018 is the year the state government make some significant improvements to Campbelltown’s infrastructure.
Mr Warren recently sent NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian an open letter outlining several issues that needed “urgent attention”.
At the top of the list was public transport – in particular, trains.
Mr Warren said the problems surrounding Macarthur train services had been “exacerbated” since the new timetable began in November last year. The change saw direct services to Blacktown and Parramatta from Campbelltown cut, with direct services to the western Sydney stations running from Leppington instead.
Morning commuters were particularly stung, with the new timetable seeing 13 less services depart from Campbelltown in between 6am-9am.
“The removal of direct services … has had an adverse effect for many local commuters who now face lengthier commutes and the inconvenience of having to change trains at Glenfield, often with significant wait times,” he said.
With 20,000 more homes expected to be built in the precincts surrounding Campbelltown’s seven train stations in the next 20 years, Mr Warren said the situation would only get worse.
“The provision of medium and high density housing around our train stations is only sustainable if there are adequate train services to service that population – which is simply not the case at present,” he said.
While Mr Warren “welcomed” the Narellan Road upgrades, he said progress on the Spring Farm Parkway and improvements at the Raby Road/Hume Highway junction were also needed quickly.
When it came to health, the $632 upgrade of Campbelltown Hospital was a “good start”, but Mr Warren said there was no point spending the money on the the building unless there was enough staff to service the area properly.
“Unless these capital upgrades are matched with recurrent funding for nurses, doctors, allied health workers and and the expanding day-to-day operations of our hospital, the new facilities will be nothing more than ghost wards,” he said.
“While there are a number of other issues affecting residents in my electorate,these key issues of transport, health, and education are of the utmost importance.”