The Chair of Eastern Transport Coalition has met with the Minister for Public Transport, Lynne Kosky to outline its agenda for the improvement of public transport in Melbourne’s east.

Chairperson, Cr Mick Van de Vreede said that the coalition had met with the previous Minister and considered it important to brief the new Minister.

Cr Van de Vreede said that the meeting was positive and it was great that the Minister agreed to meet the entire group later this year.

Cr Van de Vreede explained to the Minister the ETC’s 2007 agenda, outlining how we would like to work with her Government to increase patronage and improve and expand on the public transport network. The ETC also offered their assistance in relation to providing feedback on how the new smart bus and other new bus services are running.

“I also advised Minister Kosky of the major gaps in the Public Transport network in our area, the lack of hard rail connections to Doncaster and Rowville being key examples. A train to Rowville would remove 2400 cars from our roads every hour for example.

“I highlighted the importance of the State Government undertaking full feasibility studies into projects such as the Rowville and Doncaster Rail, indicating that outcomes of such studies could and should be used when applying for funding from both the State and Federal Government.

“I also outlined that the ETC will be seeking a commitment from the Federal Government to provide funding for major urban public transport infrastructure, such as the Doncaster and Rowville rail lines.

“These projects would reduce congestion on our roads and greenhouse emissions from our region. I hope that the Victorian Government will support us in that campaign,” Cr Van De Vreede concluded.

For more information please contact;

ETC Chairperson Cr Mick Van De Vreede 0438 029 932
CPR Communications, Robert Larocca    0409 198 350