Posted on 27. Mar, 2013 in News

Victorian commuters will not see an improvement in rail services under the Napthine Government for nearly a decade despite their election promises, Shadow Minister for Public Transport Fiona Richardson said today.

Ms Richardson said the Liberal Government’s announcement today of an un-costed 30 year plan was an insult to commuters.

“This is just the latest in a long line of thought bubbles from the Liberal Transport Minister Terry Mulder which does not provide one new cent to improve the rail network,” Ms Richardson said.

“Based on the Napthine Government’s rail plan, metropolitan rail commuters won’t see improved services under this government until well after 2023.

“So out of touch is this government that the Liberal Minister had the audacity to claim that both Southland and Caroline Springs railway stations were already part of the rail network – neither station exists.

“The un-costed thought bubble is a plan to fail and is unlikely to ever see the light of day under this Liberal Government.

“A working document such as this must provide detail, must provide costings and this document is empty on both counts.

“What has been released today is nothing more than ideas which won’t be delivered under this term of government.

“What we know from MetroTrains operation plans is that Victoria needs 47 new trains in operation by 2017, but what the Liberal’s plan today says is that we will have 33 trains some time in the future, well beyond 2023, so by 2017 we will be 47 trains short.”

Ms Richardson said since being elected the Napthine Liberal Government had cut new capital infrastructure spending on public transport projects by more than $1 billion.

“What Victorian commuters can be assured of is that under the Napthine Liberal Government their daily commute will continue to worsen,” she said.

“It seems rail projects that would improve the commuter experience have been put on the back burner while the Napthine Government pushes ahead with the East West road tunnel.”

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