31 May 2016
MINISTER JACINTA ALLAN ON THE RAILS WITH YARRA RANGES COMMUTERS
Liberal Member for Evelyn Christine Fyffe and Shadow Minister for Public Transport David Hodgett have slammed Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan for failing to deliver on a commitment to reinstate the second pedestrian crossing at Lilydale Station by 2015.
In response to a letter from Mrs Fyffe from December 2014 calling for the timely reinstatement of the crossing, the Minister for Public Transport stated that:
“PTV is currently examining a number of options regarding this crossing, with an expectation that it will be reopened for public use in 2015.”
(Source: Letter – Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan – 16 February 2015)
“As of May 2016, the second crossing remains closed. Labor has failed to deliver according to their own stated timeline,” Mrs Fyffe said.
“In the meantime commuters are forced to walk almost a kilometre from the end of the car park to the station platform.
Shadow Minister for Public Transport David Hodgett said there are no excuses.
“Cashed up thanks to the Andrews Government’s high taxing state budget, it is astounding that the Minister has failed to find the $870,000 needed to bring the crossing up to standard,” Mr Hodgett said.
“With the latest reports of public transport disruption for the next ten years as a result of the government’s Metro Rail project – the headaches just keep coming for the beleaguered Minister, Mr Hodgett said.
Mrs Fyffe said that the people of the Yarra Valley don’t trust Labor to deliver on public transport.
“Removal of the Lilydale level crossing clearly isn’t a priority for the Andrews Government, so why should we expect the reinstatement of the second pedestrian crossing to be?” Mrs Fyffe asked.
“As winter approaches commuters are only going to get angrier as they are forced to trek through the rain and mud to the platform,” Mrs Fyffe said.