It worked! Thanks to your pressure, the NSW Transport Minister publicly committed to keeping guards on the New InterCity Fleet in Oct 2018.
There are, however, still some concerns about the exact roles and responsibilities, so we still need to keep a very close eye on the situation.
It’s critical we keep guards, in their current duties, on our trains. We can’t afford not to.
The NSW Government’s new guardless, intercity trains are a disaster waiting to happen. They will cause our trains to run late and put passenger safety at serious risk.
While the Transport Minister, Andrew Constance, is spruiking the new trains’ tray tables and phone chargers, he’s failing to mention his plan for attacking the safety, reliability and comfort of commuters.
The new trains will:
- Remove guards from the trains: a serious risk to safety to passengers and crew, a major set-back for people with a disability and those less able, and a disaster for on-time running;
- Force commuters to travel backwards because the seats are fixed;
- Have around 400 fewer seats than the current trains.
Train guards play a vital role in keeping commuters safe and making sure our trains run on time. They assist people with a disability and the less able to use our public transport services, they ensure the safety of passengers on our trains, they assist in the event of an emergency, and they keep our trains running on time.
The good news is that we can stop this. The NSW Transport Minister, Andrew Constance can easily make a decision to keep guards on our trains.
The question for the Transport Minister is: does he care more about axing jobs, or the safety of commuters, the on-time running of our trains and the accessibility of our public transport systems?
Help keep guards on our trains by sending a message to the NSW Transport Minister, Andrew Constance telling him that removing our guards is a risk that we can’t afford to take.
- On-time running of trains
- Passenger safety
- Assistance for people with a disability
Click here to see a detailed overview of what is at risk