Res­i­dents call for bus to Tat for 4.31 pm ser­vice

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par­tic­u­larly dif­fi­cult for those who could no longer drive ve­hi­cles.

‘‘Even if you parked your car at Murchi­son East, it’s not se­cure like here in Tatura,’’ Mrs Wright said.

The Wrights said the changes had caused tak­ing a round day trip to be far longer, with the only re­turn ser­vice to Tatura de­part­ing at 7.10 pm.

‘‘When you go to see a spe­cial­ist you’re not feel­ing well and if you could get back on the 4.30 pm ser­vice it’d be fan­tas­tic,’’ Mr Wright said.

A V/Line spokesper­son said the 4.31 pm train ser­vice from South- ern Cross Sta­tion con­nected with a coach ser­vice to Grif­fith and had not been sched­uled to stop at Tatura.

‘‘De­pend­ing on de­mand, ad­di­tional stops at Tatura will be con­sid­ered for fu­ture timetable changes,’’ the spokesper­son said.

The Wrights en­cour­aged all res­i­dents to push the de­mand for a con­nect­ing bus ser­vice from Murchi­son East to Tatura on the 4.31 pm train ser­vice.

‘‘All they need to do is add a con­nect­ing bus ser­vice,’’ Mrs Wright said. ‘‘If all Tatura peo­ple write let­ters it’s go­ing to bring about change.’’

The cou­ple said they had taken their con­cerns to State Mem­ber for Shep­par­ton Suzanna Sheed.

Ms Sheed said although the in­tro­duc­tion of the 4.31 pm train ser­vice through to Shep­par­ton from South­ern Cross Sta­tion had been well re­ceived and was pop­u­lar with peo­ple, there had still been sev­eral is­sues that arose from its in­tro­duc­tion.

‘‘I un­der­stand there may be a fur­ther ad­just­ment to the timeta­bles dur­ing the course of the year and it’s im­por­tant the con­cerns of Shep­par­ton dis­trict res­i­dents are clearly con­veyed to en­sure these are taken into con­sid­er­a­tion,’’ she said.

Ms Sheed said she had raised the con­cerns with the Pub­lic Trans­port Min­is­ter Jac­inta Al­lan, and Pub­lic Trans­port Vic­to­ria and en­cour­aged res­i­dents to also for­ward their con­cerns to PTV, as well as her of­fice.

Lib­eral Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Wendy Lovell last month de­scribed the ser­vice as dys­func­tional and un­ac­cept­able, also rais­ing the is­sues with the Pub­lic Trans­port Min­is­ter.

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