LETTER: ‘How can regional areas survive with no public transport to support them?’
I AM appalled at the lack of Public Transport in this region.
As the NSW State Government embarks on upgrading public transport for Sydney commuters by putting plans in place for a light rail system, regional NSW is being left behind yet again.
This region needs at the very least a light rail system to join the Queensland border and beyond.
I have been invited to a family reunion this weekend and I have no way of getting there via public transport options as there isn't any. So getting to my family reunion is going to be somewhat of a challenge.
The only way I can get to Brisbane is by catching the XPT from Kyogle at 2.46am in the morning which is certainly not a suitable option or by way of catching a train link bus at 7.34pm in the evening which doesn't arrive at Roma Street until 9.35pm Queensland time.
My journey does not stop there as I then have to take further public transport out to Cleveland, on the bay side of Brisbane, either way I will be travelling alone in the early hours of the morning or in the late hours of the evening, which I feel is very unacceptable, given we are living in the 21st century.
Why is it regional areas of NSW have to suffer from the lack of government foresight?
Our state government try's to encourage people to move to regional areas, but are frugal when it comes to infrastructure funding.
How can regional areas survive with no public transport to support them?
It's about time the NSW State Government put more effort in to assisting regional areas.
As it is these areas are the backbone of the state and contribute to Sydney's infrastructure, through their taxes and yet we are left behind.