1. A letter be sent to the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure and the Minister for Transport Services with copies to local Members of Parliament (state) expressing concern at the lack of information and options provided to the community regarding the closure of the Tonsley Line train service.
2. The Ministers give consideration to adding extra carriages on the Noarlunga line to cope with the extra number of people now forced to use this alternate service.
3. The Ministers continue to keep both the City of Unley and affected residents aware of any further changes that are likely to occur.
A summary of the concerns are:
- a lack of thought, planning and cross-departmental consultation at a time when the population is growing and the government ‘encourages’ public transport use and transit-oriented development
- the announcements were made without any alternatives planned
there was a long wait for the new timetables which were released on 20th February
workers are disadvantaged and treated disrespectfully, while those wanting the train ‘after hours and on the weekend’ are serviced
- a belief that near-city residents have more choice in public transport but this is not true – we are by-passed by express services and/or full services (the Tram is often full and does not stop).
- the alternative arrangements increase travel time
- a concern that the closure of the Tonsley train service will be a permanent measure