Rail: Ballarat services
A major achievement of the Bracks Labor government was the upgrading of rural and regional rail services across the state that were allowed to become run down under the former Kennett government, with some services being closed altogether. Under the regional fast rail project tracks and trains were upgraded to provide a faster, more comfortable service for travellers, and service provision was also increased. This saw patronage rise significantly as travellers viewed rail as a real and pleasurable alternative to taking the car. Sadly those travellers have seen service provision deteriorate since the change of government. As an example, I refer to an email that I received less than a fortnight ago from a Ballarat rail traveller:
- I am writing to you to seek your comment and assistance to the recent deterioration in rail service between Ballarat and Melbourne. In the last three days rail services have been delayed by in excess of 30 minutes in each direction in the morning and evening peaks.
- Unfortunately these are not the only events recent with trains regularly being late in each direction. It is becoming noticeable that trains are running later and later with the new timetable of 28 April, actually making things worse, not better. What is also noticeable is the fact trains are being slowed down to try and achieve timetable, but are failing at many junctures.
Clearly this email and other feedback I have received over the last year indicate the great distress this issue has caused to travellers on the Ballarat and Bendigo lines within my electorate. It appears to demonstrate that, like the Kennett government, this government is not serious — —
The DEPUTY SPEAKER — Order! The member’s time has expired.