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Fed Up Commuters Deserve Honesty From Minister
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Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has used debate in the Victorian Parliament to call on the Minister for Public Transport to be honest and transparent with Gippsland regional commuters.

In addressing Parliament, Mr Blackwood said the failure of the Brumby Labor Government to include Gippsland in the Regional Rail Link had now resulted in the service issues facing Gippsland commuters.

‘The Brumby Government’s failure to include the Gippsland line in the Regional Rail Link program, signed off in 2010 by then Minister for Public Transport, Martin Pakula, has now come back to hurt Gippsland commuters who face cancelled rail services and slow buses day in day out until midyear because of mismanagement and underinvestment by Labor,’ Mr Blackwood said.

Mr Blackwood said Gippsland commuters had been deliberately misled by the Minister about the extent of service cancellations using state wide rail statistics to hide the true extent of service disruptions on the Gippsland line.

‘Gippsland commuters have faced confusion and delay now for weeks, with months more to come, and are rightly fed up with the inaccurate and misleading information they are receiving from the Andrews Government and Minister for Public Transport.

‘To compound local commuters’ frustrations the Minister stated on 4th February that regional services were stable with 80 per cent of trains running in regional areas.

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