Letter to the editor: V/Line is failing Shepparton residents

The report recently released by the Victorian Auditor General’s Office on V/Line Passenger Service has proven what we already knew- the Andrews Labor Government is letting down regional train commuters with poor service, significant reliability issues and overcrowded services.

In Shepparton in particular, we have a huge problem with overcrowding and delays on trains.

The report shows that in January 2017, PTV introduced a timetable change that added extra services throughout the regional network; however the extra services were off peak time, which does not address the big problem of overcrowding on peak time services.

The report also found serious service disruptions in early 2016 cost Victorian taxpayers up to $2 million a week in fares and up to $300,000 per day in replacement coach services.

So while the V/Line network was floundering under the Andrews Labor Government, country commuters were paying the price.

While Daniel Andrews continues to spend on rail projects in metropolitan Melbourne, regional Victorians are being left out and Shepparton residents have to make do with delays and replacement buses.

This report from the Victorian Auditor-General makes it clear the V/Line network is collapsing under Jacinta Allan’s watch.

Unlike Labor, the Liberal-Nationals have a plan to make sure our country communities share in Victoria’s population growth. We will not see people in regional areas get left behind.

We need to make sure regional Victoria has the jobs, infrastructure and opportunities it needs so we can create a state of cities, not a city state and an essential part of that is transport services.

 

Yours sincerely,

Luke O’Sullivan MP

The Nationals Member for Northern Victoria

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