PTUA logo
Page not found | Public Transport Users Association (Victoria, Australia)

Geelong Branch Media Release


Build Station Right the First Time

Public transport users have called on the Bracks Government to go back to the drawing board, following the Transport Minister’s announcement today that a Grovedale Station will be built in Marshall.

Spokesman for the Public Transport Users Association’s Geelong Branch, Tim Petersen, said users simply wanted to see a successful Grovedale Station, with frequent train and bus services and good facilities, on the Surfcoast Hwy.

"A cheap and nasty Grovedale station in Marshall with bad services is a recipe for disaster. We don’t want this station to be a waste of taxpayers’ money- it needs to be built right the first time."

"Today’s announcement is just another step in a farce of a process. There’s been no community consultation at all, and the government has chosen a site that wasn’t even considered in its feasibility study."

Mr Petersen said it was time for the Bracks Government to listen to the community, go back to the drawing board and start planning and consultation for a Surfcoast Highway station.

"Residents, the Chamber of Commerce, the Surf Coast Shire, the Geelong Transport Taskforce, and public transport users all want a proper station on the Surfcoast Highway."

"The Government needs to bite the bullet and invest in a station for the region’s future. The State recently announced a $ 245m operating surplus for 2003-04: "Why wouldn’t they use a fraction of the surplus to build a decent station?"

Mr Petersen said even a more expensive station on the Surfcoast Hwy would still be only 3% of the cost of Geelong’s Western Bypass. "This Government needs to start matching its rhetoric with action to get more people onto public transport."

PTUA Office 9650 7898

Page not found | Public Transport Users Association (Victoria, Australia)

Last Modified: 16 December 2003