Thursday, July 15, 2010

east ignored again in state transport funding

Once again the State Government has ignored public transport deficiencies in Melbourne’s east, following the announcement last week of two other transport projects totalling $9 billion.

The ETC's Monster Petition, over 13,500 signatures - what will it take to get the state government to listen to residents in the East?

The State Government’s announcement that $9 billion would be spent on the Regional Rail Link and Melbourne Metro, will be disappointing to residents of Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.

While more transport planning is desperately needed in the outer east, we keep seeing public transport funds being directed to the same electorates.

The Eastern Transport Coalition recently submitted a petition on behalf of more than one million residents in the east who want better transport options. It’s time the government stopped neglecting the east on transport policy.

The Shire of Yarra Ranges has been advocating for better public transport for the region for many years, calling for increased service frequency, extended operating hours, better public safety at railway stations and on trains, and improvements at bus stops.

Last month’s petition presented by the ETC called on the Victorian Government to address the significant gaps in the provision of and planning for public transport in Yarra Ranges Greater Dandenong, Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Monash and Whitehorse.

This election year provides a perfect opportunity for this government to show that it is listening to the million or so residents east of Warrigal road who are forced to drive their cars to work because they have few viable alternatives.

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