Victoria Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder
20 Year Rail Improvement Plan Shows The Way
Victor P Taffa
Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder today welcomed Public Transport Victoria’s release of its Network Development Plan Metropolitan Rail, the first detailed way forward for Melbourne’s suburban rail system in 43 years.
Mr. Mulder said that the Victorian Coalition Government’s creation of Public Transport Victoria (PTV) a year ago as an independent statutory authority, was now bearing fruit.
“The punctuality of metro trains is the best it’s been in 8 years, fare evasion is down, overcrowding is down, and everyone is working together to keep making improvements.” Mr. Mulder said.
“The days of the previous Labor Government’s piecemeal approach to Victoria’s railways are at an end.”
Mr. Mulder said Public Transport Victoria (PTV) was established by the Coalition Government to improve public transport and properly plan for the future. PTV is responsible for planning, procuring and delivering Victoria’s train, tram and bus services, infrastructure and assets.
“This is PTV’s strategy for growing capacity on the rail network over the next 20 years, and it takes into account all parts of Melbourne, particularly areas of growth.” Mr. Mulder said.
“It is a very detailed plan in fact no Government has released a plan this detailed and this transparent since 1969. This is exactly why we established an independent public transport body a detailed rail strategy like this is just what we expected and wanted.”
“The Network Development Plan is a carefully considered, holistic, strategic plan for development of our rail network during the next 20 years, which will be used to help inform future funding decisions.”
“Many initiatives identified in the plan for the next decade are already being planned in detail, such as the introduction of high capacity trains and signalling and Melbourne Metro.” Mr. Mulder said.
Under the Coalition Government:
- 7 new suburban six-car trains and 40 new country railcars have been ordered;
- 1,078 new weekly suburban train trips have been introduced;
- Metro’s punctuality is at an 8 year high;
- Fare evasion has dramatically declined;
- Many bus routes are now better co-ordinated with Metro trains;
- Work on Regional Rail Link is proceeding well;
- The abolition of five metropolitan level crossings has been funded with a further seven planned to be grade separated.
“The Coalition Government will work co-operatively with the private sector, the Commonwealth Government and Infrastructure Australia to turn this plan into a reality that caters for Melbourne’s growth.” Mr. Mulder said.