Transport issues for the western region are driving the agenda at the Metropolitan Transport Forum (MTF) at Altona RSL on Wednesday 1 October.
Altona loop rail services, frequency of bus services, the removal of level crossings, the East-west link and the Regional Rail Link (RRL) are just some of the topics being tabled.
The forum, one of 15 taking place across Melbourne before November’s state government election, will bring together candidates from the major parties to meet the public and answer questions about transport.
Hobsons Bay Councillor and MTF delegate Carl Marsich is pleased to be part of a forum that brings candidates face-to-face with voters.
“Quality of transport is an important contributor to liveability and productivity within Hobsons Bay,” he said.
As the Council’s delegate to the MTF, Cr Marsich said there is a number of local and regional transport issues he would like canvassed at the forum.
“Better and more frequent connections between our bus and train networks is a big issue for our region. I also welcome discussion on how to manage additional population growth and movement across our municipality, western metropolitan region and the broader Melbourne transport network.
“Council has been, and will continue to be, very vocal in advocating for more sustainable forms of transport and less reliance on cars to ease the growing congestion in our municipality.”
Mayor of Hobsons Bay Cr Sandra Wilson said transport infrastructure is a key challenge for all councils.
“I encourage anyone concerned about transport to come along and ask a question or two,” she said.
“Planning our transport network requires strategic direction and this is a good opportunity to discuss the challenges in an open town hall style meeting,” she said.
The forum, taking place at Altona RSL, Sargood Street, will begin at 7pm and interested community members are invited to RSVP or submit a question to www.transportforum.org.au/western.
Questions already tabled for the forum include:
- How (and when) will you improve rail services on the Altona Loop? In 2013 rail timetable improvements were made at the direct expense of Altona Loop commuters, who had peak-hour trains cut to once every 22 minutes, and off-peak the loop became a shuttle service that required passengers to change trains up to twice to get to or from the city
- Will you remove level crossings across Melbourne's west? Level crossings across Melbourne's transport network hold up cars with a recent Council study showing that boom gates at Aviation Road, Laverton were down for up to forty minutes of every hour during morning hours
- How would you maintain rail service connection between Werribee and Geelong after RRL opens? Clarification is required on how rail service connections between Werribee and Geelong will be maintained after the RRL opens
Other topics for discussion include:
- East West Link - to provide clarity on each party’s position regarding Stage 2 of the East West Link
- Bus services in Laverton – to discuss greater interconnectivity between buses and trains, alleviating the parking congestion around Laverton station
- Provision of car parking at railway stations – to discuss upgrading parking arrangements, bike paths and safety around many rail stations in Hobsons Bay