Member for Heathcote Lee Evans today slammed Labor’s announcement that a Thirroul rail tunnel would be considered under a Labor Government.

Mr Evans said Labor’s announcement does not clarify the effects building a tunnel would have Helensburgh, Otford, Stanwell Park, Coalcliff, Scarborough and Coledale stations.

“These stations service the thousands of commuters who live along the escarpment and my commuters want more services – not less,” Mr Evans said.

“It is clear Labor don’t have a real plan for our rail line, in November last year they announced they would not be looking into the project after the Greens promised $1.5 billion in federal funds for a Thirroul tunnel,” Mr Evans said.

Following the Greens announcement, Ryan Park stated “That will mean commuters north of Thirroul do not have a station to get onto,” and “That will mean it will congest what is already a very congested Thirroul precinct.”

“It’s clear Ryan Park’s credibility in making promises is shot,” said Mr Evans.

The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government believe in delivering key infrastructure. We have committed to the F6 Extension and the $880 million ‘More Trains, More Services’ investment in technology improvements to modernise the Sydney Trains network which will get more trains on the tracks. The first line to benefit being the T4 Illawarra Line and T8 Airport Line.

“A Liberal National Government is committed to the F6 and upgrading the rail network. Our region deserves both rail and road,” Mr Evans said.

During their 16 years in office the former Labor government’s record speaks for itself – promised 12 new rail lines, had 9 Transport Masterplans, 6 Transport Ministers but only delivered half a rail line. The rail projects announced by Labor and axed are:

  • Bondi Beach rail link promised in 1998…axed
  • High Speed rail link to Newcastle/Central Coast promised in 1998…axed
  • Hurstville to Strathfield rail link promised in 1998…axed
  • High Speed rail link from Sutherland to Wollongong promised in 1998…axed
  • Parramatta to Epping rail link promised in 1998…axed
  • North West heavy rail link promised in 1998…axed
  • South West heavy rail link promised in 2004…axed
  • CBD/New Harbour Crossing rail link promised in 2005…axed
  • North West Metro link promised in 2008…axed
  • CBD to Rozelle Metro – promised 2008…axed
  • West Metro promised in 2009…axed
  • Western Express promised 2010…axed

“Labor’s track record highlights their failed ability to deliver for our rail network. A Labor Government can’t be trusted, they will do it again, don’t let history repeat itself,” Mr Evans said.