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No Love From The Premier For Commuter Complaints

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State Member for Wallsend, Ms Sonia Hornery MP, has expressed her disappointment after the NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, ruled out stepping in and fixing the chaos on the Newcastle public transport network.

Ms Hornery wrote to the Premier earlier this month after the Transport Minister and Keolis Downer ignored the hundreds of letters and emails that were sent regarding problems with the new network.

The Premier responded with a brief letter stating that the new network was providing more than 1,200 extra weekly bus and ferry services and that she had forwarded the letter to the Transport Minister.

Quotes attributable to Member for Wallsend, Sonia Hornery

“It is disappointing to see that the Premier has just fobbed off the hundreds of concerns and issues that Wallsend residents have raised.”

“The Premier has ignored the fact that the Transport Minister and the private company that they engaged to run the public transport network, have failed to acknowledge or respond to a single concern that I have raised.”

“This Government likes to big note itself and say it listens to the people of NSW, but they have their heads firmly buried in the sand on this one.”

“When she became Premier she told her cabinet that all ministers should respond to any correspondence within three weeks. But the Transport Minister has failed to respond to any letters for the past two months.”

“This is just another empty promise from the Premier, just lip service for the commuters who have raised genuine issues with the new transport network.”

“If the Premier was truly concerned about the people of the Wallsend electorate she would direct her Minister to respond to the matters that have been raised with him and fix the chaos that has been created.”