Baillieu’s Timetable Tinkering Fails Commuters

Posted on 07. Mar, 2012 in News

The Baillieu Government has let down commuters after it was revealed changes to the MetroTrain timetable will slow down trains and won’t fix the peak hour crush, Shadow Transport Minister Fiona Richardson said today.

Ms Richardson said Transport Minister Terry Mulder should have improved the timetable instead of making trips longer in an attempt to ensure MetroTrains met its performance targets to gain multi-million dollar taxpayer-funded bonus payments.

“While additional services on weekends will be welcome by commuters, this weak Government has failed to improve weekday peak services,” Ms Richardson said.

“The Baillieu Government is delivering commuters a significantly slower transport system.

“Commuters want improvements to peak hour services, not the current cancellations and delays. When will Mr Mulder act to improve services?”

Ms Richardson said the timetable changes followed a scathing Auditor General report that warned the Baillieu Government it needed to triple capital expenditure on public transport during the next decade to cope with growth.   “Given Mr Mulder’s claim last year to have fixed all the problems with public transport why did he fail to order additional trams, V/Line or Metro carriages to cater for the record patronage?” she said.

“Mr Mulder promised to improve public transport but instead commuters are left with nearly two out of every three services travelling in the wrong direction during peak hour, no new rolling stock, and a hike in ticket prices.”

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