Deb Foskey has put out a release (below) calling on the ACT Government to support rail travel by selling train tickets.
Her call was prompted by the news CountryLink will be shutting its Jolimont Centre office, thus forcing people to buy tickets either over the internet or from the train station.
“If ever there was disincentive for rail travel — particularly for those who don’t drive or use the internet — then this is it,” she said.
Personally if I wanted to catch the train and thought about where to buy tickets, I would first go online and then if I failed to borrow anyone’s credit card I would make my way out to the station because it would never occur to me to buy train tickets in a bus station.
And for all those people who want to go to Sydney and don’t drive or have the internet, well Murrays offers tickets for as little as $20 depending on how far in advance you book. And they have an office in the Jolimont Centre.
ACT Greens MLA Deb Foskey Media Release
Thurs 8 Dec 2005
Train rescue needed
ACT Greens MLA Deb Foskey today called on the ACT Government to support rail travel to and from Canberra, and consider selling tickets itself.
“CountryLink will be closing its office in the Jolimont Centre from 31 December 2005, meaning travellers now need to get to the station in Kingston or go online to purchase their tickets. If ever there was disincentive for rail travel – particularly for those who don’t drive or use the internet – then this is it” Dr Foskey said today.
“If we care about minimising energy use and limiting greenhouse gas emissions, rail travel should be supported. If NSW isn’t going to make it easy for its passengers then the ACT Government certainly could, and take bookings at its shopfronts.”
“Rail enthusiasts have long suspected that NSW Government’s CountryLink would like to close down the Canberra – Sydney service. It is important that we act at this end to keep it going” Dr Foskey said.
Roland Manderson Media Advisor
ACT Greens MLA Deb Foskey
Legislative Assembly for the ACT
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