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Steph Ryan MP:
Country Passengers Left Behind Again by City-Centric Labor
Massive cuts to regional Victoria in State Budget.
By Portal Admin - 8th June 2019 - Back to News
Daniel Andrews’ budget tells a tale of two different states.
While billions of dollars is being poured into metro rail projects in Melbourne, analysis of the 2019- 20 Victorian Budget shows Labor will spend just four per cent of the state’s public transport budget in rural and regional Victoria next year.
Labor has arrogantly inflicted massive cuts to regional Victoria in this state budget.
The budget papers also show that this year V/Line will post its worst performance in a decade.
Customer satisfaction with V/Line has fallen to a 10-year low, while cancelled trains is at an all time high under the Andrews Government.
Under Labor, punctuality of regional train services has declined since 2014, with just 84.2 per cent of services running on time. It’s below the target of 92 per cent.
Attributable to Shadow Minister for Regional Public Transport Steph Ryan
Regional Victoria is 25 per cent of the state’s population, but we are receiving just four per cent of the public transport budget.
Labor’s refusal to invest in public transport outside of metro Melbourne is reflected in low consumer confidence in V/Line.
Just 74 per cent of customers are satisfied with V/Line’s performance – the lowest in a decade.
It’s no wonder regional commuters are frustrated. Under Daniel Andrews we are being left behind.
This is an arrogant and out-of-touch Labor government that refuses to invest in rural and regional Victoria.
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