Three comments

First, I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the driver of the train involved in the “incident” near Stirling station at peak hour last Thursday.

My thoughts and prayers are with him.

Second, my congratulations to the railway officials on their timely and extremely efficient handling of the emergency. By the time I had managed to get out of the office the queue was already halfway back to Perth.

When it began to move, it moved at a slow but steady pace ” just right for folks more used to travelling on their “seats rather than their feets”.

Third, your amazing news item in last week’s issue reported that free parking at metropolitan train stations would be abolished from next year.

Yet only a few months ago we were advised that station parking areas were being extended to make room for more cars so as to encourage people to use public transport to get to work rather than their cars.

Has Curtin University’s Jemma Green considered the cost of more frequent and rapid transit buses ” which naturally will necessitate more drivers ” as against a one-off car park that may be expensive to build but will remain for years?

Has she also considered the slow pace of the work extending the Mitchell Freeway, which seems to be taking forever?

Has she also considered the distance to be walked to the train stations from outlying areas beyond Joondalup, Currambine, Clarkson and Butler?

Can I remind her that not everyone has an executive parking bay in the city ” or maybe a broom?

When are we going to get some sensible ideas and decisions from the authorities?