Speak up: survey calls for rail feedback
The All Aboard Shepparton campaign has raised state-wide awareness of the poor rail service Shepparton endures, but there is much to be done, member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed says.
Ms Sheed has encouraged the community to respond to the RACV On Track survey, which is taking submissions until Monday November 30.
RACV public transport and mobility manager Thanuja Gunatillake said the On Track survey aimed to support advocacy for further improvements to the state’s rail network, by pin pointing the issues of highest concern to train travellers.
“This survey invites all Victorians to have their say about any issues they face on the rail network from concerns about safety, access, parking or amenity at the station to service quality and frequency and their experiences on the trains themselves,” Ms Gunatillake said.
“Regardless of whether you catch a train regularly or just use it for the odd trip; we want to hear about the issues of concern to you. If you don't use the train or wish you could use it more often, then tell us why. The more data we have, the stronger a message we can send.”
Ms Sheed, a former RACV board member, said the RACV had a record of turning its surveys into action plans.
Last year, RACV’s Regional Growing Pains report found Greater Shepparton needed $305 million to address its road and public transport problems. The survey attracted almost 8000 respondents and the resulting Regional Growing Pains report highlighted an integrated and balanced package of road and public transport improvements.
In Greater Shepparton it identified six priority projects: the Shepparton Bypass, a safety upgrade of Goulburn Valley Highway, the duplication of Midland Highway to Shepparton east, the upgrading of the Shepparton rail line and a bus interchange.
To complete the On Track survey, go to racv.com.au/ontracksurvey