THE Shepparton district’s rail and transport needs seems to have once again been ignored by the Andrews Labor Government, after the announcement last week that the city was not going to be included in the ‘Homesafe’ trial, which includes late night V/Line bus services bound for Bendigo, Ballarat, Traralgon and Geelong.
Member for Shepparton, Suzanna Sheed said she was disappointed the Homesafe trial does not make mention of the fifth largest region in the state.
“It’s very disappointing that yet again Shepparton has not been included in a statewide public transport initiative.
“We’ve demonstrated how important investment in rail services is again and again, by travelling to Melbourne ‘en masse’ to meet with the Minister for Transport and coming together in large numbers again last week to lobby Public Transport Victoria for more services.
“But we’re still being ignored, which has been the case for years under both parties.”
In announcing the trial the Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan said, “People who live in the outer suburbs and regional areas shouldn’t have to miss out on Melbourne’s vibrant night life. This trial is about giving them a safe and affordable way to get home.”
Suzanna Sheed said, “The last train to Shepparton on a Saturday night departs at 6.32pm, which doesn’t allow people to attend the football, theatre or any of the other great events people living in large regional cities can enjoy, in the knowledge they can catch public transport home into the early hours of the morning.
“It’s not fair and I again call on the Minister for Public Transport to invest in extra Shepparton District rail services.”