Chair of the Eastern Transport Coalition, Cr Mick Van De Vreede has said that the east is looking forward to the extensive commitments by the Labor Government on public transport being implemented over the next four years.

Cr Van De Vreede said “for the first time ever public transport was a live issue in the state election and both parties responded with more commitments than ever before.

“I expect that once Zone 3 has been abolished there will be a surge in people using the network which is already over stretched, and they will demand improvements.

“The challenge will therefore be for the Government to lay out the new bus routes, roll out the new track and deliver the infrastructure improvements committed to.

“The earlier we get the improvements the better. We want the new users to find a public transport system that takes them where they want to go when they want to get there.

“Now that the election is over we will also be working with our community to demonstrate the need for some of the missing projects from the government’s agenda – rail to Doncaster, rail to Rowville being key examples.

“The government believes that there is insufficient demand for these improvements but the ETC and the community believes that they are wrong.

“The ETC also feels strongly that the funding for large capital improvements such as these should be shared by the Federal Government and we will make this case in the lead up to the Federal election,” Cr Van De Vreede concluded.

The ETC is seven Councils in Melbourne’s east representing over 940,000 residents who are conducting a long term campaign to improve transport choices.

For more information please contact;

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