Victoria Opposition Leader Ted Baillieu
Coalition To Upgrade Ringwood Railway Station And Bus Interchange
Victor P Taffa
A Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government will start a $60 Million upgrade of Ringwood Railway Station and its bus interchange in its first term, Coalition Leader Ted Baillieu said today.
“After 11 years of Labor, Ringwood Railway Station is a second-rate and rundown Railway Station and commuters deserve better.” Mr Baillieu said.
Launching the Plan at Ringwood with Liberal Member for Warrandyte Ryan Smith, Mr. Baillieu said the Coalition would bring Victoria’s Public Transport System into the 21st century.”
“Premier John Brumby has blown taxpayers’ money on the myki ticketing fiasco and fairy lights for the West Gate Bridge while suburban commuters suffer with second-rate facilities.” Mr. Baillieu said.
“This upgrade will include either Disability Discrimination Act-compliant ramps or subways along with lifts to ensure that access to all platforms is always available for mothers with prams, passengers using wheelchairs, older Victorians and schoolchildren with bikes.”
“A Coalition Government will not copy John Brumby’s incompetence at stations such as Laverton or Footscray that have stranded passengers because of faulty lifts and Labor’s refusal to provide ramps or subways.” Mr. Baillieu said.
Liberal Member for Warrandyte Ryan Smith said the Coalition would upgrade Ringwood station’s bus interchange at the same time as the station works are undertaken, saving taxpayers $20 to $25 million compared with the cost of doing the upgrades separately.
“These works will commence in 2014/15 and be funded over a three-year period.” Mr. Smith said.
“The Coalition will maintain the existing historic brick station building nearest to Eastland Shopping Centre and other structures will be demolished and replaced with buildings sympathetic to Ringwood’s heritage but with modern facilities.
“The current island platform serving two tracks on the south side of Ringwood station is inadequate, and the station’s lack of toilets is a disgrace.”
“With rail operator Metro competing with the private car, commuters should have the choice of using a modern facility rather than struggling with a rundown station after Labor’s 11 years in office.” Liberal Member for Bayswater Heidi Victoria said.