Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has said today’s announcement of 10 additional off peak services will not address overcrowding on the Gippsland Line.
‘October's V/Line capacity report showed that again two of our three most important peak services, the 4:16pm and 4:58pm weekday services, operated at or above 100% capacity.
‘Clearly if the Andrews Labor Government was serious about addressing capacity issues and improving services they would have allocated either additional rolling stock or increased the number of peak services.
‘While additional public transport services are a benefit to the region, the Gippsland Line needs more peak services as a priority over the late night services this announcement delivered today,’ Mr Blackwood said.
Member for Morwell Russell Northe said the decision to increase late night services showed how out of touch the Andrews Government was with regional Victorian commuters who had seen little to no improvement in more than two years.
‘For two years now the Andrews Labor Government has been more interested in talking about public transport services than delivering on real improvements to help commuters,’ said Mr Northe.
‘Commuters have attended public meetings, made submissions and had their say and this announcement today has shown that they have not been listened to.
‘From all the feedback I have had, late night services was a low priority for commuters. Capacity and frequency of peak services was high and this announcement has failed to deliver again for the residents of Gippsland who rely on those peak services each day.
‘It is disappointing once again after so long waiting to have a nothing announcement from the Andrews Labor Government that does not address the real public transport issues between Melbourne and Gippsland while other lines, such as the Geelong line, have today had a significant increase in peak services,’ Mr Northe said.