IN 1929 a Red Rattler train could click-clack its way from Liverpool station to Central in just 45 minutes.
Liverpool Champion reported that to help bring the area “up to speed”, Liverpool councillors have voted to ask the state government to provide an express train service from Liverpool to the Sydney central business district.
The federal and state governments recently announced they would spend about $3 billion on upgrades to roads and rail lines associated with the Badgerys Creek airport.
At the council meeting, councillor Mazhar Hadid said that it took more than 50 minutes to commute from Liverpool station to Central.
“When the line to Liverpool was electrified a train from Liverpool to Central station would to take 45 minutes,” he said.
“We need to bring Liverpool up to speed.
“Though it may sound like a personal attack, well it is: the Labor government have failed Liverpool.”
Cr Hadid said it was time for the council to start planning infrastructure that would serve Liverpool’s rapidly growing population.
As part of a foreshadowed motion, mayor Ned Mannoun said Liverpool Council would also circulate a petition to advocate for the express train service.
Liverpool Leader reported that Cr Anne Stanley echoed comments she made before the meeting, labelling the motion “electioneering”.
She said it was designed to further Cr Hadid’s profile during his campaign for the State seat of Liverpool at the March election.
“While this service sounds really good, in light of all the electioneering that’s going on here. . . not everyone alights at the CBD, many people alight along the way,” Cr Stanley said.
Cr Hadid reacted to the suggestion, saying the council was right to involve itself in state transport planning.
The motion, which was passed on Mayor Ned Mannoun’s casting vote, committed chief executive Carl Wulff to begin a public petition and use the council’s communications team to promote it.