Costs escalate as V/Line crisis wears on for Seymour commuters
10 February 2016
Seymour commuters face cancelled and disrupted train services until at least June it was discovered yesterday.
Embattled Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan came clean about the new timeframe under questioning by The Nationals in Parliament, also admitting the crisis is costing taxpayers $300,000 a day.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said Ms Allan refused to take responsibility for the V/Line crisis which was causing havoc for V/Line passengers.
"This is having a disastrous impact on commuters across regional Victoria. There have been 40 cancelled services and 39 delays on the Seymour line in the past month alone,” Ms Ryan said.
"Labor cannot say when the disruptions will end or how much taxpayers will end up shelling out to replace the trains with buses.
“There is $300,000 being poured down the drain every day that could be spent providing a better train service, fixing up our ageing schools, repairing dangerous potholes on our roads, or improving our hospitals.”
Ms Ryan said public transport officials appeared before a parliamentary committee investigating the V/Line debacle yesterday, giving evidence that the 16 days of free travel offered as compensation cost more than $4 million.
“The committee has called the Minister to give evidence. Jacinta Allan owes it to regional commuters to appear before the committee to explain the truth behind this issue.”
Ms Ryan said despite having been in government for 12 of the past 16 years, Labor was attempting to pass blame to everyone but themselves.
“Regional Victorians are sick and tired of excuses. If Jacinta Allan can’t fix the train mess, then Daniel Andrews should step in and take over.”