Posted on 03. Dec, 2013 in Clayton Update

Denis Napthine must come clean with Clayton electorate public transport users on how much they will be slugged in fare increases next year, State Member for Clayton, Mr Hong Lim said today.

Mr Lim said the Napthine Government had increased some fares by more than 20 per cent over the last three years with little to no improvement in services on the Dandenong rail line.

“Mr Napthine is preoccupied with division, distraction and disaster in his own ranks and with the Member for Frankston,” Mr Lim said.

“Three years ago my electors were promised a quality public transport service but once in office the Liberals abandoned public transport for an $8 billion dud tunnel in the inner city.

“By contrast, Victorian Labor has outlined a plan to transform the metro rail network by doubling the size of the city loop and adding five more stations.

“Under Labor’s plan 50 of the most dangerous level crossings, including the Clayton Road and Centre Road level crossings will be removed and this will improve local traffic conditions and train journey times.”

Mr Lim said that when questioned recently about next year’s fees, Transport Minister Terry Mulder refused to comment on a possible rise.

“With only four weeks until the New Year, Denis Napthine must come clean with commuters on how much he is going to slug them again with fare increases,” he said.

“The Napthine Government has slugged commuters in my electorate with fare increases of 3.1 per cent in 2011, 8.6 per cent in 2012 and 6.8 per cent in 2013 and it is expected Denis Napthine will hit them again in the coming weeks.

“Public transport commuters will usually accept a reasonable fare rise if, in return, they are provided with better services, this is not happening under Denis Napthine who is making services worse.

“V/Line commuters continue to suffer daily delays, major disruptions, cancellations and overcrowding and Metro commuters continue to be plagued by delays, overcrowding, signal failures and station skipping with Huntingdale being a prime example.”

Mr Lim said the Napthine Government had added travel time to commuter’s journeys, scrapped premium station upgrades to pay for toilets for PSO’s and failed to improve train services.

“The Napthine Government may have claimed they had fixed Victoria’s public transport system, but the reality for commuters is that in three years they have actually made it worse,” he said.

“With the announcement of the summer timetable Mr Napthine needs to also ensure that there are an appropriate number of buses available for workers and holiday travellers to get to their destinations on time.”

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