Western Suburbs community will fight for Trains not Tollways: Greens

The Greens have issued a warning to the government that the people of the Western Suburb will fight for Trains not Tollways in response to today's announcement that tenders have been called for the Westlink tollroad.

"The people of the Western Suburbs don’t want this dirty polluting tollway through their neighbourhoods. We’ve fought this off this proposal before and we’ll do it again” said Greens MP for the Western Suburbs Colleen Hartland.

"Every survey and poll shows Victorians want money spent on public transport over roads. Today’s announcement shows how the State government is out of touch with the community. Instead they see only profits for the road lobby."

"When the Westlink proposal last reared its ugly head in 2010, I held eleven community meetings and thousands of community members from across the Western Suburbs joined my community campaign."

Re-open Goldfields Rail Line

Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber has committed to reopen Goldfields Rail Line passenger services to link the regional cities of Geelong, Ballarat, Maryborough, Castlemaine and Bendigo.

“The population along the Goldfields line has boomed since passenger trains were withdrawn in the late 1970s,” Mr Barber said.

“The Greens support a staged re-introduction of passenger services, with existing stations re-opened if possible, and other new low-cost stations constructed where required. 

Greens vow to stand with community to stop East West tollway

Join the growing movement and stop this tollroad

Greens MP for the Western Suburbs Colleen Hartland has vowed to continue to stand with the people of the Western Suburbs and stop the East West Tollway, instead building world-class public transport system for Melbourne. 
"The community don't want the East-West tollway, most local Council's don't want it, and transport experts advise against it. It's bad for our health, bad for air quality, bad for climate change and it's bad economics." 
"If Mr Napthine can't see these plain facts he is either deluded or other interests are pulling the strings." 
"I have been through this before in the West four years ago when the Labor government proposed WestLink - we've won before and we'll win again."

The Greens plan to increase train numbers by up to 50%

Documents obtained by the Greens using Freedom of Information laws show which of our train lines are getting more overcrowded.

Melbourne’s trains are overcrowded and don’t run often enough. We can run more trains more often on our existing train system. The antiquated train signalling system is a key factor holding us back.

The Government, and the previous Labor Government, have dithered while the problem has been getting worse. Meanwhile, the Greens have a plan to inrease the the number of trains by up to 50%.

State budget leaves Victoria behind

Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- Having looked carefully at these budget papers, I have discovered that the budget is visionless and careless; that its centrepiece project, soaking up $18 billion, is a project from 1969; that climate change is ignored; that economic change is neglected; that social crises are addressed, if at all, as an afterthought; and that given the size of the accumulated surpluses -- with $11 billion in surpluses and a $21 billion cash flow after operations, there are hardly any excuses to be made. 

Greens plan for 40 secure bike parking cages

Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber has announced a plan to install secure bicycle parking at 40 train stations across Melbourne, which will encourage cycling and public transport use while reducing dependence on cars.

Greg Barber said “many train stations across Melbourne have little or no secure bicycle parking, forcing commuters to risk damage or theft to their bike while it is chained to racks, railings or nearby fences.”

“The Greens will invest in 40 secure bicycle parking cages, making it safer and more convenient for more than 1000 cyclists to ride to the train each day. 

Greens will increase regional V/Line services by 50% to help country Victorians

The Victorian Greens have committed to increase V/Line coach services by 50% across regional Victoria.

“V/Line coaches are the only form of public transport for most of Victoria’s small towns, yet many routes run so infrequently that they cannot get people where they need to go when they need to get there.

“The lack of services means people rely on cars or just end up stuck with no means of getting to and from major regional centres, or on to Melbourne. 

The budget that nobody bought

Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- It was just a couple of sitting weeks ago that we were invited by the Liberals in this place to reprise the debate that had already occurred in federal Parliament on the carbon tax, so I suppose it is karma that the Liberals in this place are now going to have to run through all the agony that their federal colleagues have been going through as they desperately try to explain what their federal budget is all about. At the same time I get the opportunity to reprise some of the things that my federal Green colleagues have said about the federal budget. It may be that some of the Liberals in this place are secretly hoping that the Greens are successful in knocking off the $7 doctor co-payment -- or call it what it is, a sick tax -- and that is one of the items in Mr Lenders's motion. 

50 new trams to fix overcrowding

The Greens commit to order an additional 50 trams to fix overcrowding, Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber announced today.

“The Government has neglected Melbourne’s tram rolling stock in the face of worsening overcrowding,” said Greg Barber MLC.

Overcrowding has become worse in recent years:

- Passenger numbers grew by 30% in the ten years to 2011.

- During morning peak hour in the CBD, Melbourne’s tram lines are at 99% capacity on average, with some routes running at nearly 150%.

- The Government predicts an additional 16,000 tram trips will be made each day through 2014-15.

“The Government has taken its eye off the ball when it comes to trams,” said Greg Barber. 

Governments out of touch with community on Westlink

Allocation of billions to the East-West link and Westlink tollways epitomises how both Federal and State governments are out of touch with the community said Greens MP for the Western Suburbs Colleen Hartland.
"When the Westlink proposal last reared its ugly head in 2010, I held eleven community meetings and thousands of community members joined my campaign."
"Every survey and poll shows Victorians want money spent on public transport over roads."