Five big public transport questions for the east
11 September 2014
Voters in Melbourne’s east
have rated improved public transport as a key election issue and candidates
need to clearly detail how they will address the big questions, the Eastern
Transport Coalition said today.
According to the Victorian
Auditor General's report, Coordinating Public Transport, public transport services
in Melbourne are poorly coordinated and many deficiencies in the network remain
despite being identified by successive governments over the years.
ETC chairperson, Cr Peter
Lockwood said public transport funding has been inadequate to meet current
commuter demand in parts of the eastern suburbs, and at current levels, will
not keep up with the needs of a growing city.
The ETC has been running
campaigns, Commuters Count and Better Buses, to support increased funding and
After talking to and
listening to the views of voters in the east for the last year we know that the
five most important questions are:
1. Do you or your party
support the construction of a rail line to Rowville and will you support a budget
allocation in the next four years to advance planning for a rail line to Rowville?
2. Do you or your party
support the construction of a rail line to Doncaster and will you support a budget
allocation in the next four years to advance planning for a rail line to Doncaster?
3. How will your party's
plans for increased inner city rail capacity allow Rowville
and Doncaster Rail to be
built and when?
4. Do you, or your
political party support increased funding for buses to allow more kilometres and a greater
span of hours than currently exist?
5. Will you, or your
political party support the renewal and improvement in public transport interchanges
such as Box Hill and Huntingdale in the next four years?
Suburbs Transport Poll, which the ETC conducted in February found that 64 per cent of
residents rated improving and expanding public transport as a top or very high
priority,” Cr Lockwood said.
“We have also been hearing
about the needs of commuters through our Better Buses Survey and Commuters
Count video challenge and are keen to hear more before the competition closes
on September 24.”
Cr Lockwood said the
parties needed to answer these five critical questions regarding the future
planning for public transport in the east to give voters a clear idea of what they
stand for prior to the November State Election.
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