Public Transport | May 08, 2018

Members Statement - Western Victoria Public Transport

Victorian Parliament - 8 May 2018 - Ms Kealy - Today I experienced firsthand the frustration of many western Victorians who are fed up with poor public transport under this city‑centric Labor government. It took over 5 hours to travel 300 kilometres from Horsham to Melbourne on V/Line, including a 50‑minute wait for a connecting train at Ballarat. I finally arrived in Melbourne 17 minutes late.

Labor’s Minister for Public Transport has stated that all passengers deserve reliable and punctual services no matter where they live. My experience on V/Line services in western Victoria could not be described as reliable or punctual. When it comes to public transport in western Victoria, all we have seen from Labor are longer travel times, cancelled services and terrible connecting services due to botched timetable changes. Unlike The Nationals, Labor have no plan to bring back passenger rail for western Victoria region, with Labor’s budget badly failing western Victoria yet again. Only The Nationals will deliver a better deal on public transport for western Victoria.

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