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PTUA Geelong Branch Policy Scorecard:

(Policies and commitments as released by 25/11/02)

Issue PTUA Recommendation Labor Liberal Greens
Train Frequency Trains to Melbourne at least every half-hour all day in both directions, more in peak times. No strong commitments:
As part of fast rail, will introduce “higher”
Frequency peak and off-peak trains.
No strong commitments:
Will “seek to increase” regional fast rail service frequencies.
Trains every 20 min in peak hour and every 30 min off-peak. Thumbs UpThumbs Up
Fares -Cheaper train fares including travel on Geelong buses and Melbourne’s public transport.
-Cheaper bus fares on the Bellarine Peninsula.
No commitments -Peak train fares to Melbourne cut to $13.80 return from all Geelong stations, and $47.50 for weekly tickets.
-Will “investigate options” for V/Line tickets to apply to local buses and Melbourne transport. Thumbs Up
A single ticketing system allowing Geelong travellers access to the entire Melbourne public transport system without purchasing another ticket. Thumbs Up
Bus frequency At least every 15 min in Geelong until midnight, half-hourly on the Peninsula and to Torquay, and hourly along the Gr Ocean Rd No new commitments:
(Very minor bus funding in the last budget.)
No commitments -Frequent buses, more to the coast in holiday periods.
-Night buses especially on Fri and Sat nights. Thumbs Up
Bus connections to trains A bus from each route connecting with every train. No funded commitments. No commitments Bus schedules that meet trains. Thumbs Up
Grovedale Station -Construction of a complete, staffed station.
-All / most Geelong trains extended to Grovedale.
-Reliable bus connections to G’dale/W. Ponds, Torquay and the Great Ocean Road.
-$3 million for a station with no ticket office.
-Very poor 58 train services per week (only one in five trains extending to Grovedale.)
-Track cost cutting could restrict future service upgrades.
-$7.5 million committed to building the full station.
-Will “seek to provide” for trains departing Grovedale “every hour, on the hour, seven days a week.” Thumbs Up
-Support a staffed Grovedale Station to the west of the Surfcoast Hwy.
-Minimum 300 services per week.
-Bus connections to Deakin, Waurn Ponds and the Surfcoast. Thumbs UpThumbs Up
Other -Fix overcrowding.
-Full-time bus service linking the north and south of the Peninsula.
-Better planning for a coordinated transport network.
No new commitments
(Promised last election: “Fast Rail” track and signalling upgrade between Geelong and Werribee and some new rail cars.)
-Honour Labor’s Geelong “fast rail” upgrade.
-Establish a new State “Transport Authority” to plan and coordinate public transport. Thumbs Up
-Extra carriages for peak trains.
-A regular cross- peninsular bus.
-Upgrade Newport- Spencer St track.
-Free bicycle travel. Thumbs UpThumbs Up
SCORE   D C+ A
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Last Modified: 28 November 2002