Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria)– Last week V/Line staff at the Marshall station were forced to put up signage that threatened motorists who parked on the grass and other areas outside of the car-park bays that their vehicles would be towed away. A section of grass near the car park has also had large wooden poles concreted into it to stop cars parking on the grassed area. Clearly there is a need for more car parking at Marshall station, and in fact there has been a need for an extension of car parking for well over a year now. Increased rain levels and consistent heavy traffic have also seen the entry and exit points of the station car park deteriorate substantially.
The potholes that appeared over a year ago have reappeared, and yet nothing has been done.
People use public transport to take the stress of gridlocked traffic out of their commute, but under the Napthine government they have the stress of fighting for a car park, fighting for a seat on the train and fighting with their boss because they are consistently late due to V/Line’s poor record. July’s performance results show that V/Line has again failed miserably to meet its punctuality target of 92 per cent. In fact it did not even get close.
The Liberal state government promised to address public transport issues in the Geelong area; however, the public transport users that I speak to have to fight for a park at Marshall, South Geelong and Geelong stations, stand in crowded trains at peak times and consistently explain to their boss why they are late.