While people worry about some poor sod rushing around and making a simple spelling mistake, no-body seems to discuss the bizarre official VLP spin; how can they get away with taking people off a train (the safest form of land transport) and onto a bus (which has a far worse safety record) and claim that safety is their biggest concern?Because the government doesn't care and the opposition is incompetent That's why!
Note that I don't grace either government or opposition with a capital letter and no member of either deserves the honorific 'Honourable' any bloody body.............
The reason why the government does not care is because transport in rural areas is still largely road based. For most people in rural Victoria public transport is NOT an option. For instance I live near Euroa, the best shopping and personel service area for miles is Shepparton, the ONLY way to get there is to drive, such a thing applies to most of us in rural Vic.
As a consequence rail is VERY much a second class means of transport and funding and government interest reflects this. The problem we are facing though in the future is energy shortages such as light crude oil. Rail is by far a more efficient fuel user and will come into its own. Sadly almost NO governement looks at ANY projects that will save money in the long term.
For the government to take more notice mans the rural people also need to take more notice, this is unlikely to occur as the rail system is Melbourne centric and there is not that many reasons to travel to Melbourne.
The internet is NOT helping at all as one can find and purchase all sorts of items from far off areas at prices often way cheaper then anything local. Example, a Cam clutch (a special type of ball bearing) are 150 dollars in Aus, one can purchase one of these from England for 30 dollars.