Greens MP for Western Metropolitan Colleen Hartland has launched a postcard campaign calling on the government to fix the Altona Loop in response to today's customer satisfaction survey which reveals commuters are still the most dissatisfied commuters in the whole train network.
The most recent government Customer Satisfaction Survey of public transport users, publicly released today, shows that for the third survey in a row Altona Loop commuters are the most dissatisfied on the whole train network.
"Since the train timetable was changed in May 2011 every Customer Satisfaction Survey has shown Altona Loop commuters are the most dissatisfied on the whole train network." said Colleen Hartland.
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- The latest official statistics indicate an alarming rise in the number of accidents onboard trams involving passengers tripping and falling. I note there has been a reduction in the number of collisions involving trams and persons, so perhaps the rhinos on skateboards campaign has been working. Typically trips and falls on trams have been reported in the official statistics at 10 a year. This year that increased to 17 trips and falls, with 11 months of data. A previous study of tram accidents indicate that about 10 times as many injuries occur than those caught by the official definition that is required for reporting.
Less than a kilometre from my Seddon office there are two pedestrian and bicycle footbridges known as the Rising Sun bridge and the West Footscray station bridge.
I actually use the West Footscray station bridge to walk from my home to my office.
The Regional Rail Link Authority intends to demolish both these footbridges.
Their loss will result in a kilometre-long stretch of residential area with no north– south crossing to link Seddon and Footscray.
Again the Regional Rail Link Authority did not bother to tell the residents, so I had to do so.
Western Metropolitan Greens MP Colleen Hartland has called on the Baillieu government to not permit the building of one more house in Point Cook until an adequate public transport service is established.
This call supports a Wyndham City Council motion passed at last night's meeting. The Council motion opposes Amendment C163, that which allows for the development of around 2,500 houses at Point Cook West.
"Point cook is packed to the rafters. It is estimated 36,000 people live in Point Cook, and its growing fast" said Greens MP Colleen Hartland.
"The population will soon be greater than that in the eastern suburbs of Brighton, Sandringham and Hampton combined. These eastern suburbs are home to 6 train stations, 18 bus services, a tram and a Night Rider bus. Not to mention bicycle paths and lanes, of which there are none going into or out of Point Cook."
With armed protective services officers (PSOs) due to start work at Flinders Street and Southern Cross stations on Wednesday night, Victorian Greens Justice and Police spokesperson Sue Pennicuik MLC said the government is embarking on a costly, unnecessary and risky plan.
“I am very concerned that 18 newly graduated PSOs are heading out tomorrow night with semi-automatic weapons on our most crowded stations,” Ms Pennicuik said.
“PSOs are not police officers. They get a third of the training, less pay and, we have heard, just 3 months supervision under a transit police officer,” Ms Pennicuik said. “Yet they’re expected to go out on day one and deal with anything and everything that happens on the rail network.”
Road Safety Amendment (Car Doors) Bill 2012
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- I move:
That the bill be now read a second time.
Figures from the VicRoads 'CrashStats' database suggest that in 2009 and 2010 accidents involving car doors being thrown open in the path of cyclists represented 8 per cent of all recorded bicycle accidents, compared to an average of 4 per cent over the preceding 10 years. This means two or three such crashes each week.
As the Baillieu government continues to fail to provide the transparency and accountability that it promised whilst in opposition, the Greens continue to fight hard to shed some light on the mess that is Victoria's public transport system.
We have obtained, under Freedom of Information, the minutes of the Network Development Partnership; the "steering group" of Victoria's public/private partnership for public transport.
These documents show that overcrowding is set to get even worse, as Metro tries to jam more and more people, "cattle car" style, into their trains instead of increasing services.
No wonder they didn't want these documents made public!
Greens MLC Colleen Hartland has welcomed the release of the Hume Integrated Land Use & Transport Strategy* and called on the Baillieu Government to invest in Hume's transport needs.
"High quality public transport, cycling paths and pedestrian-friendly design will make Hume a more liveable city and make transport more affordable, even while petrol prices increase," said Colleen Hartland, Greens MLC for the Western Metropolitan Region.
"The Baillieu Government needs to step up and invest in this strategy which calls for major public transport improvements and will require a mix of state, federal and local government funding."
Suggested public transport improvements include:
- rapid bus transit along Aitken Boulevard;
- redevelopment of Broadmeadows, Craigieburn and Upfield Stations;
- new train stations at Jacksons Hill, Lockerbie and Campbellfield;
- increased frequency of bus and train services; and
- reviewing public transport fares.
Things went a bit quiet over the Christmas break but are starting to hot up again. Stay tuned for a fresh batch of data for 2012 coming soon!
• 7:23am Craigieburn citybound tues 8th November. woman with toddler had to beg for a seat ( she got one). crammed against other people's bodies as a dozen more got on @ North Melbourne
• 30 degree day, tram is packed, woman with baby and folded pram forced to stand. Disgusting travelling conditions. [tram]
• At least 3 of the 5 working days I will have to wait while 1-2 completely full trams drive straight past the stop until I am actually able to get on a tram. Not really what you need after a long day at work.[tram]
• Not only do I have to stand every morning, when trains are not on time, I often can't even get on the train because it's so full
• There's always so many people on the trams. There should only be double trams on the line, single trams always are completely full by the time it gets to my stop and people crowd on and it's so full, it's actually unsafe as there is nowhere to hold on.
• route 96 is disaster. I feel like I am going to faint
• Public transport is a 2nd rate system in Melbourne with roads given the priority and infrastructure funding. Why isn't there an easy way to track Bus arrival details like with some Tram stops?