LOCAL Labor MP Harriet Shing has said those looking for a better bus and rail services in Baw Baw will have a chance to say so soon.
First published in the 12 June 2015 edition of the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen. Get your copy free from retailers across Baw Baw.
Responding to questions on bus service provision from the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen, Ms Shing said state-wide consultation for the government’s Regional Network Development Plan would give Gippslanders a chance to argue for improvements.
“The Andrews Labor Government’s ground breaking [plan] will provide Victoria’s first ever short, medium and long-term strategy for better public transport services in Gippsland and across regional Victoria,” Ms Shing said.
“It will move Victoria away from ad hoc service improvements and towards a more coordinated regional public transport network, where train and bus services are better integrated to quickly and safely get people to their destinations.
“The plan will also consider infrastructure upgrades, network extensions and rolling stock.
“Existing studies such as the Drouin and Warragul Bus Service Review will be considered in the development of the Plan, as will the views of Gippsland passengers who rely upon public transport and know firsthand the areas and services that desperately need improvement.
“I have discussed residents’ concerns about bus services in Warragul and Drouin with the Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan, who is aware of the need to improve amenity in this area, and to make sure that residents get the services they need.
“Community consultation on the plan is beginning in June with workshops to take place throughout Gippsland in the next couple of months.
“I would encourage all public transport users in Gippsland to participate and share their views.”
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