23 August 2018
My constituency question is for the Minister for Public Transport. When will the state government order new long-haul trains for the north-east and Shepparton lines to improve reliability for travellers on the Seymour, Shepparton and north-east lines? As we know, to date this government has been all words and no action on trains. Samantha McCormack of Clonbinane emailed me this week after the 5.11 p.m. Southern Cross to Seymour service broke down just outside North Melbourne on Friday evening. This incurred a 3-hour delay while a crew was sent to repair the broken train as it was holding up metro services. Samantha said:
I left work at 5.00 p.m. and arrived home at 8.30 p.m. The problem is that this is not an isolated incident. Our trains are old and are constantly being delayed or cancelled due to train faults.
What is the point of having a timetable when the trains never arrive at their allocated time? I never know if I will get to work on time or how long it will take to get home any more.
I moved to Wandong 12 years ago because at that time there was a reliable train service to the city.