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On Win News on Thursday, 19 January, the Transport Minister's response to the issue of heat stress in the rails causing reduced speed for rail freight and passenger services was disingenuous, contrived, lame and lacking in any capacity to take action on the issue.
As a diversion and to give this inadequate minister a sense of her own authority, the minister stated that things will get better with the Murray Basin Rail Project and uttered the word ' for Safety'.
The Minister has a copy of the RRA's media release on reduced speed limits and how the ARTC manages the rail stress in their rail line, which extends from Ararat to Perth, gave no mention of the way heat stress can be mitigated or that action would be taken to fix the problem.
Fortunately, Greg Barber from the Greens and a supporter of rail use for freight and passenger is lobbying for a Parliamentary Enquiry into the Reduced Speed Limits caused by Heat Stress on Rail Lines.
If the Minister for Transport had any sense of integrity, initiative and motivation and ethicacy, they would have established an inquiry when first taking office or during their term as minister to resolve and improve the services.
The RRA endorses an inquiry as being the only way the Transport Minister, the PTV and V/line will be forced to take action on an important issue, that reflects on the management of the state by the government, the Victorian economy and the efficient and reliable rail transport for freight and commuter services.
This issue is not going to go away or be ignored like the Transport Minister's community consultations across the regions that have been locked away in a filing cabinet never to see the light of day.
The Transport Minister has ignored the commuting public too long and treated them with absolute contempt.
Do we have to wait for the Premier, Daniel Andrews to step in like he has on previous occasions, to take action when the Transport Minister has either been missing in action or has been incapable of resolving the issue.
Public Relations Manager
Rail Revival Alliance
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