Public transport union urges boost to network in state Budget

 

News article: Public transport union urges boost to network in state Budget

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  Bethungra Train Controller

MELBOURNE’S powerful public transport union has unveiled its $1 billion wish list for this year’s Budget, including 200 extra ticket inspectors, 45 new trains, 120 extra trams and duplication of tracks to boost capacity.

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union has presented the ­demands to the State Government and says unless more cash is poured into the system, it would not be able to cope with the current demands.
Public transport union urges boost to network in state Budget

The union is only stating what users and government officials already know to be true. The entire rail network in Victoria is in complete crisis.  Ignored under Napthine despised by Tony Abbott the reality is we are nearing collapse of the network as a whole in the coming next 5 years.  In many respects we have already passed the point where we can prevent the network from falling over through investment.  We are now at the point where things are going to get a lot worse before they get any better.

The cost of not doing this work over the past 20 years now means the cost will be 3 times as much if not more and the problem has been allowed to get a lot bigger.

As for the wish list are these really priority  items?

Stations are falling down, the network is falling apart and capacity constraints are everywhere.  I now wonder what the Liberals might have been if Napthine had pushed the button on the metro rail tunnel when first elected?  Might now be a completely different story.

Personally, I cannot now see an easy way forward for the network and its users.  There are much harder times to come before the network gets any relief.

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  mejhammers1 Chief Commissioner

The union is only stating what users and government officials already know to be true. The entire rail network in Victoria is in complete crisis.  Ignored under Napthine despised by Tony Abbott the reality is we are nearing collapse of the network as a whole in the coming next 5 years.  In many respects we have already passed the point where we can prevent the network from falling over through investment.  We are now at the point where things are going to get a lot worse before they get any better.

The cost of not doing this work over the past 20 years now means the cost will be 3 times as much if not more and the problem has been allowed to get a lot bigger.

As for the wish list are these really priority  items?

Stations are falling down, the network is falling apart and capacity constraints are everywhere.  I now wonder what the Liberals might have been if Napthine had pushed the button on the metro rail tunnel when first elected?  Might now be a completely different story.

Personally, I cannot now see an easy way forward for the network and its users.  There are much harder times to come before the network gets any relief.
Bethungra
@Bethungra

This is the sort of Political Claptrap bias that really makes me cross. This is Victoria. You reckon that the Metro Rail Network has suddenly deteriorated under Napthine? Remember the ALP has been in Power 11 Years before and the Coalition 7 Years before that and you just mention Napthine. I am no lover of Denis but even you must admit the Rail Network has been starved of Investment and has been in a slow steady decline for Decades !!!

Stations are falling down, the network is falling apart and capacity constraints are everywhere. Old signalling the works, and we are going to graft a new railway on a fragile and creaking commuter rail network, accompanied with a speech that was so full of hyperbole its not funny.

Michael
  ZH836301 Chief Commissioner

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The cost of not doing this work over the past 20 years now means the cost will be 3 times as much if not more and the problem has been allowed to get a lot bigger.
Bethungra

Citation needed.
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
Citation needed.
ZH836301
Inflation?

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