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17 Feb 2020
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Power cut, roads closed and trains cancelled after storm
Southern Spirit women's captain out for four weeks
School sets up phone charging station
Water restrictions imposed after big rain
Pearl Beach residents trapped in street after storm
Community group asks residents to complete survey
Killcare residents query support for phone tower
Council grants $7500 to Peninsula projects
Australia Day festivities attract 10,000 to Woy Woy
Marquart calls Wallarah decision 'environment crap'
CWA branch submits plans for Umina hall
Hazardous chemical disposal
Clydesdales visit child care centre
Dancers for Chinese New Year
Joy celebrates 101 years
Opera in the Arboretum returns for 15th year
Exchange student tells of experience in Austria
Rotary club celebrates 44th year
Events held in lead-up to International Women's Day
Stall provides information about guide dogs
Smiles on Dials for disabled surfers
Roles for volunteers at Bays Fair
Float planned for Mardi Gras
Extend tidy town spirit indefinitely
We call ourselves civilised
Council issues order to remove native ground cover
Peninsula has 1000 water bores
Train disruptions becoming more frequent
Panel discussion about autism spectrum disorder
Heart health promoted on Valentine's Day
Surgeons complete breast operation
Auto-immune disease attacked brain cells
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Dancing by the Water series starts at Lions Park
All-round entertainer at folk club
Author talk in Woy Woy
Pearl Beach literary lunch attracts 100
Debbie Ritchie nominated for State association award
Students urged to apply for performing arts program
Guessing competition for injured wildlife
School to hold Teddy Bears' Picnic
Students attend anti-bullying show
Ettalong students succeed at swimming carnival
Woy Woy students selected
Swimming carnival at leisure centre
Golf course affected by flood and storm damage
Swans offer opportunity to try Aussie Rules
Ettalong women take out Summer League
Tahlia to compete in Para World Swimming Cup
Former Ettalong player named in Australian bowls team
Boxer defends unbeaten record
Local rugby league players make NRL Rookies list
Vacancies in netball and boxing

Train disruptions becoming more frequent

Once again, on February 10, we experienced a disrupted chaotic journey to the city from Woy Woy: People left queuing with buses coming every 30 minutes during peak hour on a Monday morning.

The queue started from the lift next to bus stand C and went well beyond the carpark along the train line opposite Deepwater Plaza.

Trains being suspended between Hornsby and Gosford in both directions meant that people were forced to squeeze into overcrowded rail buses.

This only exacerbated the overcrowding at Hornsby where only two platforms with services meant that every train was similar to sardines in a sardine can.

Elderly people were forced to stand and hold onto stair rails due to the overcrowding.

This could have potentially been a disaster with people pushing their way onto overcrowded trains and rail coaches.

This comes after yet another timetable change with no new services for the Newcastle and Central Coast line yet many more for Sydney's Western and Northern lines.

It is not hard to see that the Central Coast are not in the Government's mind.

Out of the last two timetable changes, we have received one more service between Gosford and Newcastle and none for the Central Coast to Sydney.

More and more frequently we are seeing disruptions on our train network and, 90 per cent of the time, it affects the Central Coast and Newcastle line: Everything from urgent signal repairs to freight trains requiring mechanical repairs.

All of these issues provide an unsatisfactory service for commuters and massive delays to people who have already spent a long hard day at work and just want to go home.

Instead, they are waiting for countless periods for services which are already at capacity.

The New South Wales Government and the Minister for Transport should consider the Central Coast and Newcastle in their next timetable update.

Central Coast residents are sick of sitting in packed carriages and sitting in stairwells, vestibules and toilets just to get on the train.

We need more train services.

Packed trains and rail buses are not the answer.

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