Public Transport | February 11, 2016

Time to sort out Allan’s mess

Wednesday, February 10, 2015

Angry bus users in Bendigo are being told that Public Transport inspectors will come to Bendigo soon to investigate a wall of complaints about Labor’s changes to Bendigo bus routes.

Speaking in Parliament this morning, Nationals MP for Northern Victoria, Damian Drum, said there had been a torrent of complaints about the changes approved by Public transport Minister and Bendigo East Labor MP Jacinta Allan.

People complaining to Labor Bendigo West MP Maree Edwards’ office were told inspectors were on their way to look at the problems.

“Among complaints made to my office by bus users are new bus stops being placed in relatively isolated areas where there are no footpaths and where people – including women with prams and aged residents – are forced to walk on roads.

“The community has expressed very real fears for public safety.”

Other complaints included people having to make multiple changes for Bendigo trips which used to be direct and new stops being established in areas with few houses.

“One user said his new bus route takes him on a sweep through what looks like paddocks,” Mr Drum said.

“I would welcome a high level investigation by the Public Transport Department.

“It is at least some recognition of the need to fix the mess Jacinta Allan has inflicted on her home town. 

Mr Drum said Bendigo was becoming fed up with the litany of incompetence from the Minister, which included open-ended delays on the much talked-up Bendigo Metro Rail, and looming months of peak hour commuter train chaos.


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