764 DAYS LATER: STILL NOBODY KNOWS WHAT BAILLIEU STANDS FOR ON TRANSPORT

764 DAYS LATER: STILL NOBODY KNOWS WHAT BAILLIEU STANDS FOR ON TRANSPORT

Posted on 15. Jul, 2010 in News

More than 764 days after promising to roll out an integrated transport strategy, the Leader of the Opposition has failed to do the hard work of putting together a plan and showing Victorians what he stands for on transport.

Public Transport Minister Martin Pakula said that on 11 June 2008, during the Kororoit by-election, Mr Baillieu promised in a media release to “progressively announce” a transport strategy – but all he’s done since is threaten to scrap billions of dollars in key transport projects.

“We are determined to stop Mr Baillieu from making cuts to the frontline services that Victorians rely on. As Liberal Party president, he promoted the cuts of the last Liberal Government and he will do it again,” Mr Pakula said.

“We have a plan for transport in Victoria, the Opposition just has plans to tear it up.

“Mr Baillieu talks all the time about what he doesn’t stand for, but he is incapable of doing the hard work required to show what he does stand for.

“Mr Baillieu does not understand the transport needs of working families, which is why he’s putting vital transport projects in jeopardy and keeping everyone in the dark.

“Train patronage has doubled to 4 million passengers a week. That’s why the Brumby Labor Government is building new rail lines, rolling out new trains and adding new services.”

Mr Pakula released a list of projects which would be scrapped by Mr Baillieu including:

  • The $4.3 billion Regional Rail Link jointly with the Gillard Labor Government;
  • Extending the metropolitan rail line to South Morang and electric trains to Sunbury;
  • A fleet of 50 new trams and 38 trains;
  • Extra tracks on the Werribee and Dandenong lines;
  • Completion of the Yellow Orbital SmartBus network;
  • SmartBus upgrades for Eastern Freeway bus services;
  • Four new stations in Melbourne’s growth areas;
  • More V/Line train carriages; and
  • A major overhaul of metropolitan bus services.

 

Mr Pakula said the Opposition must come clean and tell Victorians what projects they will scrap.

“The last Liberal-National Government sold off rail lines, shut down services and ripped up rail tracks. Our Government is working hard to undo the damage created by the Liberals and we are building a better transport network through the $38 billion Victorian Transport Plan,” he said.

“Neither the Liberal and National parties have plans for public transport.

“They ripped the heart out of our public transport system before, and they will do it again.”

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