Melbourne Public Transport Network Problematic


Peak hour crowd at Flinders Street Station.

Public transport experts gave Melbourne’s public transport system a rating of less than five on a scale of ten.

The rating considered trains, trams and buses.

The Victorian government’s lack of policy implementation towards public transport improvement was the main factor contributing to Melbourne’s transport problems.

Experts found the government’s solution to easing overloaded trains during peak hours insufficient.

“We’re about to spend 2 billion dollars on 38 new trains… that will make a very little difference to overloading,” Professor Graham Currie, Monash University’s Chair of Public Transport said. “It’ll keep pace with the growth we have.”

Professor Graham Currie also said that traffic congestions in the central business district compromises on tram efficiency.

Inadequate public transport service was a major area of concern encouraging car dependency in Melbourne.

President of Public Transport User’s Association, Daniel Bowen, said, “We got a lot of areas with infrequent routes, particularly bus routes in the middle and outer suburbs where services might only be every 30 to 60 minutes… no one who has a choice is going to use those routes.”

The Myki implementation received criticisms for not living up to expectations.

Professor Graham Currie said, “The worldwide approach to success is to under promise and to over deliver, right, they have gone about this by over promising and under delivering.”


Rising Flood Levels Threaten to Isolate Greater Shepparton Homes

The expected peak in Goulburn River flood levels is likely to flood 100 Greater Shepparton homes and isolate 600 others.

Goulburn River flood levels are expected to peak at 11.1 metres later tonight or early Tuesday morning, flooding 100 Greater Shepparton homes and isolating 600 others.

The SES issued evacuation warnings in the Kialla Lakes and Taylors Estate area this morning.

The Broken River and Seven Creek flood levels have peaked overnight, cutting off many Greater Shepparton residents in low-lying rural areas in the Kialla Lakes area.

Motorists are advised to check local road conditions before travelling.

Regional SES manager, Les Smith said, “It’s a frightening time for many residents, but if they decide to leave their homes they will have community support until the water subsides.”

The Council’s Flood Call Centre is operating 24/7 on 1800 727 774, and maps showing the likely flood impact on individual properties are on display at Council offices in Welsford Street, Shepparton and on the Council’s Website

A recovery centre is open at the Shepparton Senior Citizen’s Centre to service affected residents who may require long term assistance. Sandbags are available from Council’s Doyles Road depot and the Shepparton Saleyards, and Animal Shelter has the capacity to take stock or pets.