State Member for Wallsend, Ms Sonia Hornery MP, is urging Wallsend residents to attend an information and consultation session with Newcastle Transport at Wallsend Plaza today between 9.30am and 12.30pm.
The consultation comes after a string of problems since the handover of Newcastle public transport to private operator Keolis Downer, including underpayment of staff, rostering issues and the cancellation of a range of services without notice.
Ms Hornery has called for Newcastle Transport to take steps to ensure that the pay and conditions of staff members are met and that commuters are kept apprised of changes to services. This consultation will give locals a chance to have their say.
Quotes attributable to Member for Wallsend, Sonia Hornery
“It is good that Newcastle Transport has decided to come out to Wallsend. We have many commuters in the western suburbs who have been negatively impacted by the cancellations.”
“I have been in frequent contact with Keolis Downer and Newcastle Transport about a range of issues, and I look forward to continuing to work with them in the future.”
“Accessible and reliable public transport is a priority for many in Wallsend. Thousands of residents in the western suburbs rely on public transport to get to work and school every day.”
“We need to be looking at how best to provide the needed services to commuters in the western suburbs.”
“I encourage anyone who can go to get along to the information and consultation session at Wallsend Plaza today between 9.30am and 12.30pm.”
“It is important that Wallsend residents make sure that their voices are heard on this issue.”