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Tram Services Slashed

The Public Transport Users Association has condemned private operator Swanston Trams proposal to slash peak hour tram services in Melbourne's south-east.?

The Swanston Trams website has announced new tram timetables from 10 December, which includes cuts to service frequency on the Glenferrie Road route #69 and on route #16 to St Kilda Beach. These cuts are in addition to the reduced services already operating ostensibly due to the absence of the W-class from service.

PTUA Secretary Vaughan Williams said that both routes already had crowding problems during peak hour.

"Everyone who catches the St Kilda Road trams knows how crowded they get in peak hour. This has become worse since Swanston truncated the #16 at St Kilda Junction in June this year in violation of their franchise agreement," said Mr Williams

"The continued absence of the W-class from service is no excuse for cutting services further. They were supposed to be out of service for three weeks, and the tram operators and government keep postponing their return further."

"The PTUA calls for the immediate return of the W-class and restoration of full services. Tram passengers have put up with a substandard service for too long, and cutting the services further is totally unacceptable."

Mr Williams also criticised Swanston Trams for failing to consult their passengers before announcing the service cuts.

"The private operators are not supposed to change timetables without going through an approval process which includes consultation. The government must intervene to prevent any further illegal reductions in services," concluded Mr Williams

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Last Modified: 4 December 2000