I’m writing this letter regarding the closure of the Parkes railway station. The closure will not only mean more unemployment here in Parkes but inconvenience for those people (both elderly and disabled) who would have to book tickets online. This would be difficult for those that have no access to a computer or don’t know how to use a computer. Something must be done to stop the closure, the sooner the better.
After local worries were voiced it’s been confirmed that NSW TrainLink will continue to staff the Parkes Railway Station. There has been concern that the Parkes station would be reduced to a part-time position of that it would become unattended. This is now not the case and staff will remain, as is, at the station with no changes to train and coach timetables. MP Andrew Gee was pleased with the development; “Public transport is an issue close to the hearts of people in regional communities and it is vital that we maintain our rail services, especially to those residents who rely on it. The voices of the people of Parkes have been heard loud and clear. This is a great win for the community.”
The station and on board staff will continue to assist customers including the elderly and those with a disability on and off the train. Coach drivers will assist coach customers as they do now. “Station security will also be enhanced with a new Customer Help Point being installed to provide 24/7 assistance” Mr Gee said; “Parkes Station has been an integral part of the local community for many years and I’m pleased it will continue to provide services for the foreseeable future.” The NSW Government and NSW TrainLink will now engage with the local community to discuss options for how local groups and businesses could use the station so the space is fully utilised for Parkes’ benefit. “There are boundless opportunities to ensure regional stations like Parkes are not just transport hubs to get from A to B, but a hub that the whole community can enjoy,” Mr Gee said.