Public Transport | January 17, 2018

Public transport – the further west the worse it gets

Local stories continue to flow in to Emma Kealy, Member for Lowan proving the further from Melbourne a person travels the worse their public transport experience is.

Earlier this week Ms Kealy was contacted by a 73-year old Edenhope resident who is regularly required to travel to Geelong to see her heart specialist.

The lady’s most recent experience was a 9-hour one-way trip from Edenhope to Geelong.

“This elderly lady was required to travel on a bus from Edenhope to Horsham, a second bus to Ararat, a train to Ballarat and finally a bus to Geelong, resulting in an exhausting 9-hour trip”, Ms Kealy said.

By car the same trip would take just 3.5 hours.

By the time she got to her motel in Geelong she was exhausted and had to go straight to bed to prepare for her specialist appointments the next day. She was then required to stay another night in Geelong before starting the same marathon 9-hour trip home.

“This is yet another example of the impact of poor public transport in western Victoria under the city centric Andrews Labor Government with services getting worse under Daniel Andrews watch”, Ms Kealy said.

Ms Kealy is asking people to help get local voices heard in Parliament by sharing views about how better public transport services would improve lives in our great part of the State.

Now is the time to have your say by visiting or by phoning Emma Kealy’s electorate office on 5382 0097 or 5571 9800.

“Together we can deliver a strong message that the 110,000 people who live in Western Victoria deserve and want better train and bus links”, Ms Kealy said.

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