Not a single train station along the South Coast Line will be part of a free NSW Wi-Fi trial to be conducted over the next three years at 19 stations between Hornsby and Wyong announced by the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government last week.
Under the trial commuters will be able to connect for up to an hour each day at stations between Hornsby and Wyong.
The project which is funded by the Federal and NSW Governments and Telstra aims to improve connectivity along the 68-kilometre railway, which is known for having internet black spots.
Member for Wollongong, Paul Scully, slammed the NSW Government for not going into bat for commuters along the South Coast Line to be included in the trial.
“The NSW Liberal and Nationals Government just doesn’t care about commuters along the South Coast Line having access to improved passenger services, upgraded infrastructure, and now a free Wi-Fi trial.
“The South Coast Line passes through two Government-held seats at Heathcote and Kiama and yet even these commuter populations have been ignored.
“The problems of connectivity on the South Coast Line are well known and yet continue to be ignored”, he said.
Mr Scully asked the Minister for Transport and Roads, Andrew Constance, a question in writing on 18 May 2020 seeking details on which South Coast Line stations would be involved in the trial. The Minister responded on Friday with: