Shepparton train travellers swelter without air-con
08 February 2018
Passengers on the Shepparton line have been left to swelter with faulty air conditioning for months, while the Premier for Melbourne Daniel Andrews squanders taxpayers’ money on a model train.
Daniel Andrews and Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan unveiled a life-size model of the ‘High Capacity Metro Train’ for Melbourne this week. Meanwhile, passengers on the Shepparton service have endured faulty air-conditioning for months.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan has slammed the government for wasting money on frivolous displays while Seymour and Shepparton passengers were trying to cope with no air conditioning, timetabling delays and overcrowding.
“On Tuesday I asked the Minister to meet with train travellers in northern Victoria who are fed up with being treated like second class citizens and on Wednesday she was unveiling a life-sized model of a new train for Melbournians,” Ms Ryan said.
“While passengers on the Seymour and Shepparton lines have been left through the peak of summer without air-conditioning, Labor is wasting millions on producing a life-sized model train for people in Melbourne.”
Broadford resident Leeanne Moran who catches the Shepparton service each day, reported the air-conditioning fault to V/Line after suffering from heat stroke.
She was advised that while the issue had been noted, V/Line could not provide any information about the maintenance schedule or when the air-conditioning has been fixed.
“City commuters wouldn’t be asked to put up with this and neither should we. These faults need to be fixed, and fixed immediately,” Ms Ryan said.
Tallarook resident Laura Ranger catches the train from Seymour service five days a week to travel to university and placement in Melbourne. In mid-January she caught the 4.32pm Shepparton train but was forced to stand for over an hour.
“There were no seats available (common for this service in my experience) and the air conditioning had broken down in 34°C heat,” Ms Ranger said.
“I had to stand, along with 12 other passengers in my carriage alone who stood or sat on the floor. The carriage was crowded and hot which resulted in sweat, literally, rolling down my back and legs. I stood, sweating for close to an hour.”
Ms Ryan kicked off her campaign this week to retell the stories of local train travellers every time Parliament meets until Daniel Andrews delivers on his promise to buy new trains.