Seymour train commuters
My constituency question is directed to the Minister for Public Transport.
Bendigo, Ballarat, Geelong and Latrobe Valley commuters are serviced by up to 20 services daily, as are Seymour patrons.
Shepparton has only four weekday trains to Melbourne and only three returning to Shepparton.
The demand is much greater than this, and anecdotal evidence from my constituents indicates that many people drive from Shepparton and towns far beyond, such as Nathalia, Barmah, Numurkah, Strathmerton and Cobram, to Seymour to access a more regular train service to Melbourne. Shepparton is a major regional centre and deserves more, faster and better trains to Melbourne.
I believe that if efforts were made to record the number of people boarding the train at Seymour and their home addresses, it would confirm the significant distances that my constituents travel to access regular train services. Does Public Transport Victoria have the capacity to ascertain the home addresses of travellers boarding trains at Seymour railway station using data from their registered myki cards?