- I am a regular commuter from Gosford to Wynyard, and normally catch the peak hour Central Coast services via the North Shore that are express to Chatswood then all stations to Central. These direct train services between Wynyard and Gosford are not running at all during the current trackwork period (well they are but not stopping ).
- I am aware how long the trip takes as a regular commuter, and it takes even longer during this trackwork period!
- Adding stops at Wynyard and Town Hall can't really make the trip any longer, because all of the Newcastle & Coast trains that have been diverted via the North Shore Line are timetabled to take exactly the same amount of time between Hornsby and Central as the all stops suburban trains take between Hornsby and Central!!! Yes check it out on tripview or any of the timetable apps, they are actually timetabled to crawl behind the suburban all stops trains (and frequently stop between stations instead of at them on purpose!?). And I have noticed that we also wait at Chatswood for the suburban trains from the Epping tunnel to come in on the adjacent platform and then leave for Sydney infront of our interurbans! (I now change at Chatswood on to that suburban train once I realised what was happening!)
- I'm not trying to "use these interurban trains as a suburban train" as you suggest. Direct services from Wynyard to the Coast are in the normal timetable and this is not exactly a suburban trip! If other people use them to travel between Wynyard and Central, does that really matter anyway? If you're going from Wynyard to Central it makes no difference to you where the train came from originally?
- All of the trains I have caught are the Oscar trains not the V-Set trains, we don't get many V-Sets on the Central Coast line anymore, they are all being replaced by the Oscars
- The Coast trains aren't actually terminating at Central, they arrive on the suburban platform 18 and then continue to Redfern and terminate there to turn around and go back to platform 16 at Central to go back to the Coast. Not sure if people can get on at Redfern but they let people off there as the advertised final stop.
But to summarise from my experience, I find that there seems to be very little purpose in running the trains non-stop through Wynyard and Town Hall if the journey time to/from Hornsby is exactly the same as a suburban train that stops at every station along the way! I only got annoyed because while I was waiting at Wynyard for a train to Central to change, a Coast train rolled through on the northbound platform without stopping, which I could have got on if it stopped (instead I had to goto Central and wait there for ~20 minutes to pass back through Wynyard on my way home). But now I am changing at Chatswood to/from the Coast train to the suburban trains because they don't take any longer anyway.
So my complaint is that they might as well make it stop at the stations people want to travel to/from if they can't make the journey time any quicker on a non-stop train compared to an all stops one!! I will make a complaint to 131500 as someone suggested, but it's not really too important because it only happens for one or two weeks a year and things should go back to normal next week when the trackwork is finished