The six hour journey – Labor must lift public transport game
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has called on the Andrews Labor Government to lift its game with respect to public transport in Gippsland after a visitor took six hours to travel from Southern Cross to Sale on Friday.
Mr O’Brien said he’d been contacted by a visitor who caught the bus from Southern Cross leaving on Friday at 2pm, but took till just after 8pm to arrive in Sale after being forced to wait for more than 2 hours in Traralgon.
Mr O’Brien said Gippsland passengers and visitors to the region were frustrated at the ongoing delays and disruptions to Gippsland trains and coach services.
“Everyone understands there will be disruptions and changes to the services offered during upgrade works, but for a passenger to have to endure a six hour journey from Melbourne to get to Sale is simply not acceptable.
“These delays and cancelations have been turning people away from both public transport and visiting Gippsland over the past 12 months or so, and Daniel Andrews and Jacinta Allan need to step it up.
“To be forced to wait more than two hours for a connecting bus in Traralgon is just ridiculous and the Andrews Labor Government needs to be working more with V/Line to ensure these mistakes don’t happen again in future.”
Mr O’Brien has been campaigning for some time for the extension of VLocity trains to Sale and for a dedicated line for Gippsland services.
“It’s great that the Federal Government-funded upgrade of the Gippsland line is proceeding, and we understand this will cause some disruption, we can’t have something as ridiculous as a six hour journey from Melbourne to Sale continuing to occur.”
Monday, 9 July 2018