Thursday, June 01, 2006

Thu 1 June - Weasel words...

The truth finally comes out - click here for link - the plan for 20% of trips being made via public transport by 2020 has been abandoned.

This should come as no surprise to most of us, since it's been fairly obvious for ages that the train system can barely cope with the current passenger loads and there are no serious plans to improve this situation. Surely the Weasel has to be held accountable for misleading the Victorian public. It is time for the Weasel to go...

So where does this leave us?

  • A public transport system without a viable future

  • Severely congested roads without credible plans for improvement

  • The Weasel still "in charge" of this mess

  • A smarmy git as Premier

I think we're in a bit of trouble here, aren't we? Best go visit the Get Active site and send a message to the Weasel...


Blogger IP Knightly said...

I'm digging around without success to find a story I read in the papers some months ago that train and tram patronage in Melbourne was growing at double the rate Connex had been expecting. Can anyone else help me with this? If so, it seems to conflict the latest view from The Weasel's office.

01 June, 2006 13:26  
Blogger IP Knightly said...

OK, I've found it. The Age, January 5: "Rail patronage has been growing by about 3 per cent a year in recent years but it jumped by 8 per cent last year."

Connex also commented, when releasing its February performance figures: "Why did Connex's on-time running fall below 92% in February? The combination of an unprecedented jump in patronage (up by 7%) and the restrictions imposed on our services to accommodate major works in the CBD, has put our network under stress."

And yet ... The Age says today: "Budget figures show that growth in car use has almost doubled that of public transport. Since 1999-2000, public transport patronage has risen by 2.1 per cent a year, while car use grew at almost 3.9 per cent a year...Environment Victoria spokeswoman Louise Sales said the Government's own figures showed that public transport growth seemed to be declining."

How does this last gloomy outlook square with the upbeat figures from the start of the year?

01 June, 2006 13:49  
Anonymous Sam said...

Nice spot ip knightly.

As for Botchelor - it isn't surprising. The Bracks governments seems to be defined by broken promises, broken election bribes, and expensive consultants and reports that are never to be implemented.

Terry Mulder - we don't need an automated "this government isn't doing enough" response to these PT disappointments. We need a viable and detailed alternative. Bracks and co. may lose votes over this issue, but it doesn't mean they are automatically going to the Liberals.


01 June, 2006 15:41  
Blogger The Met said...

Bah, i don't we'll be any better with the Liberals.

RIght now it's preferable to stick with Labor. 10.5 billion injection into transport (yes i know, unlikely or delayed), but compared to the nothing that Liberals are offering...

PS I sent one of those messeges to Mr Bachelor a few weeks ago, one of his associates sent a reply.

General, 'this government is going to do...'

THought that might interest you.

02 June, 2006 16:50  
Blogger Connex Whinger said...

Chris, surprisingly I'm inclined to agree with you. This is why the Bracks/Batchelor combo can do what they like, because they know that the Libs have even less interest in delivering a viable plan for improving PT. It just sticks in the craw to accept that the Weasel is our least worst option.

02 June, 2006 18:38  
Blogger Daniel Bowen said...

ip knightly: Simple. The total amount of travel is growing (not surprising, as the population is growing). Train travel is increasing. But car travel is increasing more, so the share of total travel for public transport is dropping.

08 June, 2006 13:41  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guess what!!!
Tonight is the night we can face this weasel. He's giving a speech on our liveability in relation to melbourne 2030.

Public Transport and the 2030 Strategy

This is an Australian Fabians event.
Event date: Wednesday, June 21, 2006 - Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Location: New International Bookshop Centre, Trades Hall
Cnr Lygon and Victoria Streets, Carlton
Time: 6.00 pm - 8.00 pm

Victorian Transport Minister Peter Batchelor discusses the Bracks government's public transport policy statement in the context of Victoria's 2030 urban development strategy.

AFS members $6, non-members $8, concession $3.

Well - we know who to target!

21 June, 2006 15:56  

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