This is what I'm going to post to my local member:
With Sydney trains and NSW Trainlink coming into affect 1 July 2013 and the new timetable later this year, I would like to propose a different way to run trains along the Southern Region. There are 4 issues I’d like to discuss; frequency, peak hour services, extension to Wagga Wagga and Canberra and Melbourne service alterations.Frequency
Currently Southern Highland trains have a varied frequency from every 30 minutes in PM peak period to 2.5 hours in the middle of the day weekdays and more often than not, trains run every 1.5 to 2 hours on weekends. To best serve the Southern Highlands I think trains should run every 30 minutes in AM and PM peak, with 1-hour frequencies between these periods, weekends included. Early morning and late evening services excluded. To help schedule this proposal, all services start and terminate at Moss Vale and Campbelltown. How to convey passengers to and from Goulburn and passengers wishing to travel to and from Central directly will be talked about later in this letter.Peak Hour services
Off peak services can run all stations to and from Moss Vale and Campbelltown since trains run only hourly but during peak periods this doesn’t have to be the case. There should be a service in each peak period that has the following stopping pattern: Moss Vale, Bowral, Mittagong, Picton, Macarthur, Campbelltown and vice versa. The connecting suburban service runs via East Hills and Sydenham. This stopping pattern will allow a Moss Vale commuter to travel to and from the city in 2 hours.
No peak hour trains run to and from Goulburn due to low patronage and reliability issues. To accommodate for passengers wishing to arrive at Central early from Goulburn and arrive home late, an express coach will depart Goulburn at 5:30am, pick up at Marulan along the Hume highway at 5:50am and arrive Campbelltown station at 7:10am for connecting suburban services. Travel time is also significantly shorter, being approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes hours travel to Campbelltown, in comparison to the 2 hours 15 minutes currently by train from Goulburn to Campbelltown. The 35 minutes reduction in travel time may also increase patronage. Passengers from Bundanoon are to catch the Wollongong bound service and change at Moss Vale for the express service to Campbelltown. A similar service is provided in PM peak. A coach to Goulburn will depart Campbelltown at 6:30pm, setting down at Marulan on the highway at 7:50pm before arriving at Goulburn at 8:10pm. Passengers for Bundanoon are to change at Moss Vale and board the bus departing outside the station at approximately 7:30pm.Extension to Wagga
The above services discussed require only 4 Endeavour sets weekdays and 3 on weekends. The 4th
set can be used as standby in off-peak on the event a train has mechanical problems. The other 2 sets, which currently run to and from Goulburn and Central, are extended to Wagga Wagga and the 2 Endeavours are converted to Xplorer sets to accommodate the ever-growing need for better public transport to this region. This service stops at; Wagga Wagga, Junee, Harden, Yass Junction, Gunning, Goulburn, Bundanoon, Moss Vale, Bowral, Mittagong, setting down at Campbelltown and then arrive at Central at 11am via the East Hills line. The service departs Central back to Wagga Wagga at approximately 3:45pm. Canberra and Melbourne service alterations
To accommodate for the Wagga Wagga service arriving at Central at 11am, the Canberra to Sydney service will now depart Canberra at 5:50am, arriving Central at 10am. The stopping pattern has some minor changes; services do not pick up or set down at Strathfield and goes via East Hills and Sydenham rather than Strathfield and Regents Park. The service will also make an additional stop at Picton. The 3rd
service that operates to and from Canberra and Central in the evening 4 times a week becomes a daily service. Since no stations are now served between Bundanoon and Goulburn, a coach service will stop all stations between Goulburn and Moss Vale to connect with the morning Canberra Xplorer to Sydney and evening Sydney to Canberra service at Moss Vale.
With the extension of the Goulburn service to Wagga Wagga, the Melbourne XPT services will no longer stop at Harden, Yass Junction, Gunning and run via the East Hills line and not pick up or set down at Strathfield. The Melbourne, Canberra and Wagga Wagga economy classes will not require reservations to board the train. First Class seats will only be available on the Melbourne XPT, due to low popularity.
I hope you and or Gladys will take into account my proposal when publishing the timetable for the Southern region later this year.