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“The population along the Goldfields line has boomed since passenger trains were withdrawn in the late 1970s,” Mr Barber said.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.
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%.
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.
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 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.
Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber says today's state Budget is a missed opportunity that will fail to fix Melbourne's public transport overcrowding.
"This is a missed opportunity for Victoria," said Greg Barber MLC
"Our trains are already overcrowded and Victoria’s population is growing by 2,100 people every week.
“There have been three Budgets in a row with almost no real increase in public transport capacity. There are 30 million extra trips expected on public transport in the Melbourne metro area next year but scant increase in services.