Still no fix for busses, despite Minister’s promises
23 August 2017
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan is urging the Andrews Government to release an assessment by Public Transport Victoria (PTV) into Kilmore's bus services.
Kilmore’s bus timetable continues to frustrate locals, despite comments from Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan that she is on the case.
“I asked the Minister in June to fund additional bus services for the Kilmore community and to improve timetabling so that more trains are met by a bus,” Ms Ryan said.
“The Minister advised me that she was having Public Transport Victoria look at the issues and acknowledged the particular importance of busses in the Kilmore area, but we have heard nothing since.
“From these comments we can be assured she is fully aware of the situation however we now need to see some action from the Andrews Government."
Ms Ryan said Kilmore’s population was only set to grow in the coming years, placing further strain on public transport in the region.
“Mitchell Shire forecasts that Kilmore’s population will expand by more than 44 per cent in the next 20 years,” Ms Ryan said.
“As Kilmore grows, so too does the town's need for public transport. It is critical some of the holes in Kilmore’s bus system are addressed.”
Ms Ryan said the bus system in Kilmore was one of the biggest issues raised with her from residents of the town.
“Residents are not asking for a lot; just a bus timetable that makes sense and busses that meet the highest demand.
“I urge the Minister to release the results of PTV's investigation into the matter," Ms Ryan said.