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Community Backlash Over Rail Services Shutdown

Tags: Tony Piccolo MP / Gawler / Local Infrastructure


  • By Tony Piccolo
  • Dec 06, 2018
Community Backlash Over Rail Services Shutdown

Is this what the Gawler train station will look like this Saturday?


The Marshall Liberal Government is facing a backlash from the local community for closing down the train services this weekend during the Australia-India test match at Adelaide Oval.

Local Member of Parliament, Mr Tony Piccolo said one of the main reasons that the new Adelaide Oval is so successful, is the availability of public transport to the stadium.

“The availability of a diverse range of public transport services to the Adelaide Oval has the made the stadium much more accessible for families,” said Mr Piccolo.

“To close the train services down during a major sporting event is just ridiculous. It is just a nonsense and the local community know that.

“My Facebook page has received numerous critical comments from the local community, expressing their disbelief that this Liberal Government could be so out of touch with ordinary people so early in its term.

“While I do not agree with the tone of some comments made, they do reflect the frustration and anger felt by the local community.

“The sheer arrogance of this decision has been derided by the local community.

“The community deserves better than the platitudes provided by the minister for Transport and Infrastructure.

The train services are been shut down to enable signalling changes and substitute bus services will be provided.

Mr Piccolo said while the bus services are better than nothing they will take much longer to arrive to the city and it does make it more difficult for families to travel.

“ The outer metro areas suffer the tyranny of distance and cost already, so I can understand while people are angry over this decision that seems to drive roughshod of the local community,” said Mr Piccolo.

“Unfortunately it’s not the first or last bouncer to be bowled to the local community when it comes to public services, with cuts expected in a range of areas.”

“Like underarm bowling the decision is just not cricket!”


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