Posted on 10. May, 2011 in Clayton Update

Students at Monash University’s Clayton campus have missed out on much-needed improvements to transport with the Baillieu Government failing to fund a new shuttle bus to the campus, Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews said.

Visiting Huntingdale Station today with MP’s for Clayton Hong Lim and Oakleigh Ann Barker, Mr Andrews said the Baillieu Government’s Budget had let down students and residents.

“Mr Baillieu must explain why a new shuttle bus service linking Huntingdale Train Station with Monash University in Clayton is not a priority for his Government,” Mr Andrews said.

“This disappointing decision highlights the Baillieu Government’s lack of a vision or any detailed plan on how to actually deliver better transport for Melbourne’s south-east.

“In Opposition, Mr Baillieu criticised the transport services in Melbourne’s south-east but had delivered little in the Budget that would improve services for the area.

“Monash University is a large centre of activity with more than 25,000 people working or studying in the area and that number is continuing to grow.

“It’s shameful that Mr Baillieu can’t swallow his pride and adopt Labor’s plan for new bus services from Huntingdale Station to Monash University’s Clayton Campus, including the construction of a new bus interchange at Huntingdale Station.

“This initiative is a straightforward way to improve services between Monash and Huntingdale and to ensure that students and staff at Monash University could readily access the metropolitan rail network and connecting services.

“Improved bus services and an interchange would relieve transport pressures in the area and was widely supported in the local community, including by Monash University”.

Member for Clayton Hong Lim said the plans put forward by Monash University before the state election were strongly supported by the Department of Transport and included in the Victorian Transport Plan.

Member for Oakleigh Ann Barker called on Mr Baillieu to urgently reconsider its decision not to fund improved bus services for commuters to and from Monash University and Huntingdale Station.

“The number of people travelling on public transport to Monash is continuing to grow and without an improved bus service, travel times will increase, roads will become more congested and more parking will be needed to accommodate the increase in drivers who have no alternative but to drive,” Ms Barker said.

“It is disappointing for residents, students and staff that the best this Government can do to manage the increased strain on services and infrastructure in the Monash Huntingdale area has been to provide funding for a study to plan for possible development of a rail link.

“Students and residents can’t catch a study to work or university – what they need is better bus services and certainty that they will receive the services they need.”

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