Blue Mountains Commuters and Transport Users Association

Meeting reports

September 2006 meetings

  • Valley Heights 20 September 2006
  • Katoomba 23 September 2006

Report by BMCTUA Secretary (Paul Trevaskis)

BMCTUA remains apolitical
The meeting noted that a members is seeking election to the state government. Members agreed that the Association should maintain its apolitical status.
Refurbishment of V sets
BMCTUA preferences for retaining the carpet on the floors and vinyl on the seats has been supported by the Central Coast and South Coast Commuter Associations. We are waiting for a RailCorp decision on these matters.

Report by local CityRail Regional Business Manager (Michael Logue)

Bicycle Lockers
4 extra bicycles lockers will be provided at Blaxland in addition to the existing 4 lockers. There are no plans to provide extra lockers at Katoomba at this stage.
T Card
BMCTUA Secretary to submit unanswered questions to the Regional Business Manager for his attention of the Public Transport Ticketing Corporation.
Commuter Car Parking
Commuter Car Parking (managed by RailCorp Network Development) needs review —Blaxland and others are reaching capacity, Lawson and especially Katoomba need attention.
Easy Access Programme
Lawson is not currently on the Easy Access programme — BMCTUA to take appropriate action.
Station Improvements
Members offered congratulations on the garden improvements that were carried out on Glenbrook Station. A feature in the Blue Mountains Gazette was being organised.
RailCorp's State Environment Committee is to visit Glenbrook, Warrimoo, Lapstone, Emu Plains, Leura and Woodford stations, all of which have gardens.
Suggested that Railcorp bring back the Station Garden Competition.
Bullaburra Station Upgrade to include Stairs renewed, improvements in protection from weather, upgrade of ticketing machine and upgrading of the staff position.
Upgrading (Trackwork)
The upgrading programme for coming months circulated. Again it indicates that upgrading will not be conducive to weekend travel and a different approach is required by RailCorp to alleviate the continued interruptions.
Members requested RailCorp to publish the trackwork timetable showing bus and coach times on the CityRail website.
Station Reform
The recent Station Reform proposal has been withdrawn. Two new staff will be employed on the Mountains, initially placed at stations with ticketing facilities to broaden their training in ticketing and customer relations.

Issues raised by BMCTUA members

Web Site
Prototype BMCTUA website discussed and endorsed by members .
State Government Election Campaign
Issues of concern under headings Timetables, Rolling Stock, Ticketing, and Infrastructure discussed. BMCTUA executive will finalise a list of issues by November, to circulate to all known candidates by December.
Proposed to arrange a Meet the Candidates meeting in early 2007.
Historical station signs
Historical station signs at Leura have disappeared during a recently upgrade. Members requested that the signs be reinstated.