Ryan vows to push train is­sue

Benalla Ensign - - News -

State Mem­ber for Euroa Steph Ryan said she would tell the first-hand ex­pe­ri­ences of train trav­ellers in the Euroa elec­torate ev­ery week Par­lia­ment sits un­til Daniel An­drews de­liv­ers on his prom­ise to buy new trains.

Ms Ryan has com­mit­ted to retelling the per­sonal sto­ries of train trav­ellers who are faced with fre­quent de­lays and break­downs.

‘‘La­bor’s city MPs need to un­der­stand how bad our train ser­vice is,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘If Melbourne had ex­pe­ri­enced the same cat­a­strophic break­downs we had over the Christ­mas and new year pe­riod, there would be a riot in the streets.

‘‘These are not one-off or iso­lated in­ci­dents; in re­cent times they seem to be oc­cur­ring on an al­most daily ba­sis.’’

Ms Ryan said she wanted to re­mind Daniel An­drews that he said if the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment pro­vided money to fix the track, his gov­ern­ment would pro­vide new trains.

If Melbourne had ex­pe­ri­enced the same cat­a­strophic break­downs we had over the Christ­mas and new year pe­riod, there would be a riot in the streets.

‘‘The Fed­eral Na­tion­als and Lib­er­als held up their end of the bar­gain, with a $140 mil­lion in­vest­ment in the track last year, but the Premier has done noth­ing to re­place our out-of-date, bro­ken-down trains,’’ she said.

‘‘A coat of paint does not make a train more re­li­able.

‘‘In the last cou­ple of weeks, I’ve heard some shock­ing sto­ries.

‘‘Peo­ple have been forced to wait on bro­ken-down trains with­out ac­cess to a toi­let for hours on end.

‘‘Mixed mes­sages over the phone from V/Line led to peo­ple be­ing told to re­lo­cate and wait for a bus, only to miss their train.

‘‘Over­crowd­ing and tick­et­ing is­sues have re­sulted in seats be­ing sold twice over, lead­ing to con­fu­sion be­tween pas­sen­gers and some peo­ple hav­ing to stand in the aisles.

‘‘Daniel An­drews is treat­ing us as sec­ond-class cit­i­zens.

‘‘The An­drews La­bor Gov­ern­ment must ac­knowl­edge this mess and de­liver on its prom­ise to ‘pro­vide the money for the trains’ and make the ser­vice ‘much, much bet­ter’.’’

If you have a first­hand story you be­lieve Steph should share, email her at steph.ryan@par­lia­ment. vic.gov.au or send it to 25 Bridge St, Be­nalla VIC 3672.

De­ter­mined: State Mem­ber for Euroa Steph Ryan will tell the first­hand ex­pe­ri­ences of train trav­ellers in her elec­torate ev­ery week Par­lia­ment sits.

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