By all accounts it’s going to be a long, hot summer.
But there could be a reprieve for long suffering local train commuters forced to travel in non air conditioned carriages to get to work and back.
Commuters on the T8, T2 and T5 lines were forced onto even more obsolete S-set trains without air conditioning after the implementation of a new timetable in November last year.
This made a bad situation worse, but a local MP has a suggestion which could reverse the fortunes of these commuters.
With the new Waratah trains due into service soon, and the closure of the Epping-Chatswood line for seven months, Member for Macquarie Fields Anoulack Chanthivong has called on the Berejiklian Government to act urgently to rectify the situation by redeploying the air conditioned trains to local lines.
He has written to transport minister Andrew Constance over non air conditioned trains, demanding that his constituents be given a fair go.
The call comes in the lead-up to what is predicted to be one of the hottest summers on record and is in direct response to constituent complaints of sweltering conditions on trains over many years.
“I have this message for the NSW transport minister – non air conditioning trains are unbearable, unacceptable and unfair,’’ Mr Chanthivong said.
“Local commuters have tolerated trains without air conditioning for too long.
“I have written to the NSW Transport Minister on behalf of the thousands of commuters from my electorate who’ve had enough of the sweltering and stifling conditions on our trains.
“I call on the Liberal Government to act now and give us air conditioned trains on the T8, T2 and T5 lines.
“It’s time we were given our fair share and a fair go.”
Mr Chanthivong says his call for air conditioned trains follows an ongoing campaign for a fairer timetable, with local commuters angry and frustrated at daily last-minute train cancellations, trains running consistently late and overcrowded carriages.
To view a copy of his letter to the NSW transport minister, or to sign a petition demanding fairer services for local commuters, visit www.letsbackanoulack.com.