How the politicians answered our questions

QUESTIONS:

1. Will you commit to aiming for a 60 minute train service from Ballarat to Southern Cross. 

2. If not, why not?

From Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder: 

Our focus has been on continuously improving the reliability, punctuality and safety of Ballarat line trains.

In 2013, fewer than one in every 50 Ballarat line trains was cancelled. We have already removed the level crossing on the Ballarat line in Sunshine to improve reliability and we are completing the Regional Rail Link, providing separate tracks between Sunshine and Southern Cross for V/Line trains for the first time, which should result in even more reliable trains. This is what passengers want.

By removing V/Line's trains from metropolitan tracks, the project will enable more peak hour trains every morning and evening, and reduce delays associated with Ballarat trains getting stuck behind Metro trains. 

The Coalition Government established Public Transport Victoria to improve the planning and coordination of public transport. We will work with Public Transport Victoria to investigate further improvements to travel times for trains between Ballarat and Southern Cross.Public Transport Victoria will finalise train timetables closer to the completion of Regional Rail Link works affecting the Ballarat line.

QUESTIONS:

1. Will you commit to aiming for a 60 minute train service from Ballarat to Southern Cross. 

2. If not, why not?

From Jill Hennessy MP, Shadow Minister for Public Transport:

The people of Ballarat will remember well that it was Denis Napthine and the Liberal  Government  who abolished the morning express service to Southern Cross.

Ballarat passengers have been subject to longer travel times and Denis Napthine has some explaining to do.

Rather than invest in public transport, Denis Napthine would rather put all their eggs in one basket - an $8 billion tunnel in Melbourne that costs a lot but won't do much.

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