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23
Mar

TATURA PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES IN PARLIAMENT SPOTLIGHT

The Tatura community is struggling against a dysfunctional public transport service, and local residents have sought the assistance of Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell to advocate for better services for the town.
Ms Lovell was this week contacted by an elderly resident from the Tatura area who relies on public transport to get to and from Melbourne for regular medical appointments.
The situation is so dire that Ms Lovell immediately raised the matter in parliament with the Minister for Public Transport.
“An elderly woman contacted my office and advised of a number of limitations currently plaguing the Tatura service, all of which are simply unacceptable,” Ms Lovell said.
“I outlined these issues for the Minister in parliament this week, and requested she take immediate action to rectify the unacceptable conditions Tatura-area passengers have to contend with when they need to try and travel to and from Melbourne.”
Ms Lovell said one of the issues is that the 4.31pm rail service from Melbourne does not have a connecting bus to Tatura, meaning passengers are dumped at Murchison East and left to find their own way back to Tatura.
Further, seniors who want to use their eligible seniors vouchers for a return trip departing Tatura at 6.25am and returning via the 4.31pm service terminating at Murchison East are being forced to use two vouchers for the trip – as the current V/Line policy is that passengers not returning to the same point of departure is not considered a ‘return trip’ as far as the vouchers go.
“This is particularly unfair because the reason people are terminating their trips in Murchison is because there is no connection to Tatura – not because they are choosing to depart at a different stop,” Ms Lovell said.
Ms Lovell said an additional complication is that there is no booking agent in Tatura, as the business that housed the former agent burned down nearly 12 months ago and no other agent has been assigned.
“If passengers want to purchase physical tickets they are required to travel to Kyabram or Shepparton to do so – another unacceptable issue facing Tatura residents,” Ms Lovell said.
Ms Lovell said the entire situation is an absolute joke for Tatura residents, and has asked the minister for immediate intervention to improve the services for the local community.

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