LAST Wednesday morning Joshua Morris MP joined locals on the 6:13am service from Wendouree to Melbourne and experienced firsthand and the chaos of the morning commute. “Our train has absolutely packed, with many commuters standing in the isles” Mr Morris said. “Commuters are feeling fed up and abandoned by Daniel Andrews and Transport Minister Jacinta Allan.”
“It has been more than two weeks since the Andrews Government launched their new Regional Rail Link timetable.
“The Regional Rail Link should have delivered better services for the people of Ballarat but local commuters are instead being squashed into overcrowded carriages on trains that are consistently arriving in Melbourne late.” Mr Morris said that he was receiving calls on a daily basis from locals who are fed up with the train chaos and angry that the Government has boosted services in other regional cities like Geelong by robbing the Ballarat line of carriages.
“The Government has promised two additional carriages, which I am sure will be full almost immediately, but these are yet to materialise.
“As for late trains, the blame shifting from the Government has reached new heights. Geoff Howard even tried to blame the chaos on commuters who don’t know how to board the train properly. “He should give local residents more credit and stand up for our community instead of belittling us.” “We need a real solution now.”
Mr Morris called on the Minister for Public Transport to visit Ballarat, and ride to work with local commuters, so she can hear their concerns and experience the problems firsthand.