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All aboard for four more months of train pain

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Joshua Morris MP, and Hon David Hodgett MP at Ballarat Railway Station.

ON Monday the Shadow Minister for Public Transport, the Hon David Hodgett MP, joined Member for Western Victoria, Joshua Morris MP, at Ballarat Station to talk to commuters about a disappointing visit from Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan. “Jacinta Allan came to Ballarat today and announced that Ballarat commuters will have to wait until next year for any improvements to the V/Line timetable under the Andrews Labor Government,” Mr Morris said.

“Already this morning I’ve already been contacted by fed up commuters who are expressing their frustration with this non-announcement from Labor”.

While in Ballarat Minister Allan also announced that she would support two Coalition projects by building additional carparks at Wendouree Station and continuing with the Coalition’s planned passing loop at Rowsley.

“It’s great that the Government has come on board with the Coalition’s plan to build 200 new carparks at Wendouree Station, and it’s good news that the Rowsley passing loop will begin construction soon, but what we need immediately is a timetable change, and the Minister has confirmed we will be waiting until next year,” Mr Morris said. “For three months Ballarat commuters have been calling on the Minister to fix the timetable and now we’re being told that it will be at least another four months until the Andrews Government does anything,” Mr Morris said. Labor’s Regional Rail Link timetable changes were introduced on the 21st of June, and in the proceeding 85 days commuters have experienced delays, overcrowding, cancellations and poor bus connections on a daily basis. “85 days is too long to have to wait for the Andrews Government act, and now we’re being told not to expect improvements for at least another 120 days,” Mr Morris said. “Labor’s mismanagement of Public Transport in regional Victoria is going from bad to worse and Ballarat commuters are being hit the hardest.” Mr Hodgett called on the Premier to intervene and bring the timetable changes forward.