All is quiet on bus stop issue
Robyn Neville Euroa
THANKS to The Euroa Gazette for running the story on the concerns of myself and many locals on the Nagambie V/Line bus stop changes as from this week.
Whereby V/Line made the decision to support the Strathbogie Shire Council’s plan for more angle parking for tourists in their streetscape scheme.
Not checking with many locals who need the service if that was okay beforehand.
Eight weeks ago, I wrote about this concern to the Nagambie Parking Working Group via the Strathbogie Shire, and about the pick up and drop off zone for the school buses in High Street, and where will emergency service vehicles such as ambulance, police, CFA pull in among the angle parking spots to provide their necessary services to the community. No reply on these matters. I believe more thought, common sense and further public consultation needs to be considered by the Nagambie Parking Working group and shire before implementing anymore wrong decisions that could cause traffic hazards.
Such as, where will the two monthly market stall holders park their vehicles and trailers after the angle parking come in?
They block most car parks now for locals each market day.
Also consideration is needed about the dangerous bottleneck at the High and Goulburn streets roundabout, caused by merging traffic having to merge sharply from two lanes into one before the roundabout. An update on the bus relocation situation. Steph Ryan (MLA, Euroa) asked the Minister for Transport, Jacinta Allan, in the Victorian Parliament last fortnight, about this loss of the bus stop in High Street, and the move of the stop to the station.
Ms Allan has 30 days to reply from the day Steph Ryan questioned her.
I wrote to Mr J McKeown of V/Line, North East regional manager, and Ms Allan about the concerns of Nagambie folk who need the service left where it is, but have received no reply.
Yet Mr McKeown’s name appears on media releases in the Nagambie Community Voice saying V/Line supports the shires parking plans by moving the bus stop.
But there has been no reply to the letters sent to him by me or other concerned locals or by Ms Allan.
Over the past year, for medical/hospitalisation reasons, I have been grounded three times, and not able to drive for some months at a time.
This has made me reliant on the V/Line bus and train to get to medical/hospital appointments in Melbourne. Walking to the station would now be a no, no. John (nearly 71) and I (69) are pensioners. We work part time to pay off a house mortgage, medical and hospital bills, high rates and electricity and fuel bills like many others and we find that our cost of living is getting harder, and the more we can save the better.
Especially in fuel savings and transport to Melbourne thus saving us from high public parking fees.
Now the Nagambie taxi service is to be discontinued due to lack of financial viability.
This will be another blow to those folk who use this service to transport them to and from the station or to Seymour station to catch the trains there.
It is no good having four extra V Line train services on the Shepparton line of a weekend; this won’t help the ones who need to go to Melbourne or Seymour for many reasons via the bus stop in High Street a few times daily through the week.
I am going to ask V/Line’s Mr McKeown and Ms Allan to come and visit Nagambie and talk to those very concerned people about this move and what it means to them.
Let’s see if they will do this for the benefit of the Nagambie folk dependent on this service.
Diane Grant, Nagambie