BAW BAW // COMMUNITY campaigns calling for improvements to bus services in Warragul and Drouin may see success in the next year, according to one long-time campaigner.
First published in the 28 August 2015 edition of the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen. Dates are relative to then.
Jim Chapman of Warragul visited the Public Transport Victoria office in Melbourne last week to follow up on community discussions about improvements.
“I caught up with [staff at] PTV and they told me they have to finish the program they’re on at the moment, which finishes in September, but things look a little bit brighter than they did in the past and I’d like to thank them for their help,” Mr Chapman told the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen.
“We’ll just keep our fingers crossed for the future.”
Public Transport Victoria recently conducted a community consultation session in Warragul to identify shortcomings and success stories in the network as part of the Regional Network Development Plan.
A report from sessions conducted across Gippsland was released earlier this month. While acknowledging commuters’ main concern in Warragul was reliability of rail services, especially those travelling to Melbourne, a town bus service for Drouin – the largest regional centre without one – was also mentioned early in the report.
Across Gippsland, “participants in several areas said buses and rail services don’t coordinate well, with earlier and later services needed.”
A local social media campaign on Facebook and Twitter, called the Warragul & Drouin Town Bus Forum, has asked supporters to fill out a survey asking how they use local bus services.
A majority of those surveyed so far said they have never caught a town bus service in Warragul, do not know where they could catch a town bus from, and think service timetables could be improved.
The Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen has been running a petition calling for service improvements. You can add your name to those of 199 others at goo.gl/NcebE2.
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