THE train service from Bomaderry to Kiama has missed out on improvements to services with new timetables which come into effect in October.
Local train user Chris Bellamy from North Nowra said he used the trains at least three times a week and had investigated how commuters from Bomaderry would benefit from the changes.
“I have compared the current timetable with the new one and have found northern Bomaderry services will be minus one after October 20 compared with what is currently offered between 6am and 6pm,” Mr Bellamy said.
“My argument is that the service leaving from Kiama is full when it has been met with the passengers leaving from Bomaderry, so why don’t they meet every train leaving from Bomaderry instead of every second?
“Why can’t we [Bomaderry station] have a good go too?” he said.
Mr Bellamy, who has formally inquired into the changes, hoped more would be done to improve public transport for the local area.
“There is a huge advantage for everyone when there is good public transport available,” said Mr Bellamy.
Extra services including weekly express services will be added to timetables from Kiama towards Sydney known as the Illawarra and South Coast line from Sunday, October 20.
Depending on the train caught, rail commuters leaving from Kiama to Sydney may experience reductions of up to 65 minutes due to the addition of 125 new weekly express services.
Every South Coast train will now stop at Wolli Creek for changes to trains heading to Sydney Airport.
There has also been an addition of 11 South Coast trains travelling to the Eastern Suburbs.
The new timetable aims to reduce gaps between train changes.
Kiama MP Gareth Ward said when it came to rewriting timetables there would be difficulties.
“I’m aware there have been concerns and they have come directly to my office. Those questions will be investigated,” Mr Ward said.
"I encourage people to contact either myself or Shelley Hancock if they have found that the new system has grossly inconvenienced them.
“I’m happy about the 125 new express services. Weekly commuters to Sydney will experience a shorter travel time on certain trains,” he said.
The new timetable can be viewed on www.newtimetables.com.au and is available on the New Times app available for free download from the App Store and Google Play.