Archive for the 'Geelong' Category

Call for more V/Line services to cut waiting times

October 5th, 2010 (Election 2010, Geelong, Media releases, Melbourne west, Regional)

Southern Cross StationAs the state election approaches, the Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) has called for upgrades to V/Line short distance services[1] to run at least every 30 minutes, seven days-a-week.

PTUA regional spokesman Paul Westcott said that with strong patronage growth, V/Line train services are increasingly overcrowded not just in peak times, but also at off-peak times, including weekends, and that waiting times are excessive.

“You will wait an hour between trains from Geelong to Melbourne, for  example. You could drive the distance in that time.

“And our members report passengers forced to stand for long distances on some off-peak V/Line trains.”
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Crucial interchange bypassed by Regional Rail Link

February 16th, 2010 (Geelong, Media releases, Regional)

V/Line carriageThe Public Transport Users Association has expressed serious concerns over the revelation that no platforms will be provided at North Melbourne station for Geelong rail passengers travelling on the forthcoming Regional Rail Link.

Although extra platforms will be provided at both Footscray and Southern Cross stations as part of the $4.2bn project, the Department of Transport has told the PTUA that platforms at North Melbourne won’t be provided, apparently to keep costs down.

North Melbourne is currently a major interchange point for travellers on the Geelong line, providing connections to City Loop services, as well as the recently-introduced 401 shuttle bus from North Melbourne to the university and hospital precincts in Parkville. The 401 was established in part to assist Geelong line commuters.

“Given that $4.2 billion is to be spent on this scheme, it is completely unacceptable that such a vital and well-used interchange point will be by-passed,” PTUA Geelong Branch convenor Paul Westcott said.
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Half-hourly services way to go

September 16th, 2009 (Geelong, Media releases)

The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) has refreshed calls for an increase of services running on the Geelong rail line, calling for half-hourly services all day to Victoria’s largest regional city to better meet the needs of thousands of commuters and ease congestion on roads.
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Users ask the government how much slower the new rail link to Geelong will be

July 19th, 2009 (Geelong, Media releases)

In a submission to a Victorian parliamentary inquiry, the Geelong branch of the PTUA has called on the State Government to clarify how much time the Regional Rail Link will add to the journey for Geelong travellers.

The Legislative Council Select Committee on Train Services is inquiring into the “failures in the provision of metropolitan and V/Line train services”, and the Branch’s submission raises concerns about the idea that, under the Regional Rail Link, Geelong services will run via Tarneit, to the west of Werribee.

The new line will add up to 15 kilometres to the total trip length from Geelong to Melbourne compared to the current direct route. This extra distance could increase travel time by an extra 10 minutes.
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Passengers give thumbs-down to failed Myki

March 11th, 2009 (Geelong, Media releases, Melbourne metro)

The Public Transport Users Association has flagged the first week of operation of Myki on Geelong’s buses as a failure, following feedback from Geelong commuters.

PTUA President Daniel Bowen said the association’s Geelong Branch had closely watched the introduction of the multi-million dollar Myki ticket system, and passengers had given it a big thumbs down.

“Despite earlier trials on a limited number of buses, the rollout onto all Geelong buses has gone ahead, bringing with it a myriad of problems”, said Mr Bowen.

PTUA members highlighted a number of issues, including:
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Bus Users Welcome Council’s Tick for Moorabool Street

February 25th, 2009 (Geelong, Media releases)

The Geelong Branch of the Public Transport Users Association has congratulated the council on its decision to reinstate a central bus interchange in Moorabool Street. Geelong Branch convenor Paul Westcott said that the decision would make Geelong’s bus system more user-friendly and remove a major obstacle to future upgrades.

“It’s very pleasing to see the new council get off to such a positive start after four years of inaction,” Mr Westcott said. “With a single central interchange, buses won’t waste so much time in the city centre, and the State Government’s planned improvements can occur”.

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Council stalls on bus stops

January 28th, 2009 (Geelong)

The City of Greater Geelong Council has stalled again on approving the location of Geelong’s central bus interchange, blocking $80 million of State Government funding for improvements to the whole bus system.

At its meeting on Tuesday night, the Council deferred, for the second time, any decision to approve the recommendation of council officers to return bus stops to the preferred Moorabool Street site.

The Geelong Branch convener of the Public Transport Users Association, Paul Westcott, slammed the Council for the further delay. “Some councillors seem to be pandering to a few Moorabool Street traders at the expense of over two hundred thousand residents of the Geelong region.”
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Call for Council Candidates to Come Clean on Central Buses

November 4th, 2008 (Geelong, Media releases)

The Geelong Branch of the Public Transport Users Association has called on all candidates for the City of Greater Geelong council to declare their support for the return of a bus interchange to Moorabool Street.

Branch convenor Paul Westcott said Geelong voters had a right to know if their councillors were going to stand in the way of long-overdue improvements to Geelong’s local public transport system.
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Tram-like buses to solve transport woes

April 28th, 2008 (Geelong, Media releases)

The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) is calling on Geelong councillors to support a bid to the State Government for “tram-like” bus routes in Geelong.

The Association has been meeting with councillors to seek support for three high-quality bus routes along Geelong’s major roads, as the first priority for upgrading the whole system.
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Federal road funding blows Geelong’s greenhouse budget

November 22nd, 2007 (Federal Election 2007, Geelong, Media releases, News)

Geelong’s transport greenhouse gas emissions will rise even faster under proposals from both major parties to upgrade major roads instead of improving public transport, the Public Transport Users Association has warned.

Geelong Branch Convener Paul Westcott said both parties also risked making the region more vulnerable to high petrol prices by increasing dependence on cars, while still not providing any practical public transport alternatives to driving.
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