Posted on 29. May, 2012 in Clayton Update
The Liberal Government needs to explain to Pakenham / Cranbourne commuters why train drivers are being forced to skip train stations in a bid to meet the new metropolitan train timetable, Member for Clayton Hong Lim said today.
“The public transport system in the Clayton electorate is getting worse under the Liberals,” Mr Lim said.
“It’s disgraceful that the Liberal Transport Minister Terry Mulder has approved a timetable that runs nearly two out of every three peak hour trains against the peak hour rush, adds time to commuters journeys and allows the skipping of stations along this line.
“A new timetable and services are useless if they do not stop to pick up or drop off passengers.
“This extraordinary situation is impacting commuters who rely on public transport to get to and from work, school or important appointments. It is very concerning to hear from residents of trains from the city skipping Huntingdale station, the last station in Zone one, which sees passengers having to alight at Clayton station in Zone two.
“Commuters paying to travel to a specific destination should not be locked in a train and missing their stop because the Liberal Government doesn’t care about public transport.”
“Other commuters are left standing on train stations for long periods of time until a train finally stops.
“Train drivers are being forced to skip stations along the Pakenham / Cranbourne so they can meet Metro’s performance targets, which ensures the transport operator receives millions of taxpayer dollars in bonus payments.
“The Liberal Minister claimed with great fanfare that he had “fixed” Victoria’s transport problems, but unfortunately for commuters in the Clayton electorate, public transport is actually getting worse under the Liberal Government.”