Greens MP and transport spokesperson Cate Faehrmann says planning for regional rail should address future demand and travel patterns, not just problems with the current CountryLink fleet.
Ms Faehrmann has called for the government to release the analysis regarding CountryLink services that has been prepared for Transport for NSW – at the same time as the government's draft transport masterplan
is made public.
"It would make a mockery of the masterplan process if the vital information contained in this report wasn't made public ," said Ms Faehrmann.
"What is clear is that CountryLink is an incredibly important asset for the future of NSW transport. In the consultation I recently conducted to mirror the government's own process, a consistent theme from regional NSW was that rail had to be taken seriously and made viable for the future.
"The government needs to invest for a time when demand will be significantly higher, as oil prices increase and driving long distances becomes less and less affordable for everyday Australians. Investment in a modern fleet of trains for regional NSW must be a part of this.
"Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian is right when she says that Labor failed to invest or plan during their term in office, but that can't be used as an excuse to delay, or as an excuse to cover up this analysis.
"The analysis must be released if the public is to have any confidence in the direction the masterplan will take," said Ms Faerhmann.
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