FEEDBACK: John Dunstan hopes the state government will be transparent and release the draft report for comment before the next budget. Picture: MARK JESSER
THE Border Rail Action Groupwill continue to pursuethe option of class action against V/Line as decided at its latest meeting on Wednesday.
Convenor Bill Trail has organised to meet with a lawyer and, if thecase has merit, will present the option at a public meeting on February 29.
It is hoped at least 150Border train users will attend the forum from 5.30pm at a venue to be decided.
The drastic move follows years of issues with the V/Line service between Southern Cross and Albury.
A poll by The Border Mail, whichdrew 551 responses, showedalmost 33 per cent of respondents wanted trains to be on time and26 per cent said the condition of the carriages needed improving.
Wifi,customer service and accessibility were other issues people felt needed addressing.
The rail group entered a submission to the state government’s Regional Network Development Plan before the September 11 cut-off.
Of the 15,000 pieces of feedback received for the plan, 2800 were from the Hume region.
Top requests included newer trains and more of themon the Alburylineand a need for better connectivity to smaller towns.
BRAG committee member John Dunstan said he believedthe government wouldinvest in connectivity, but not new trains.
“The positives will be they will put money into improving connectivity such as better bus services from train stations andovercoming the issue of Wodonga station being far away from city centre,” he said.
“But, what’s the use of improving all that if the service is unreliable?
“In our opinion the content of what we think is in the report is exactly what PTV had in mind prior to process starting.”
Mr Dunstan also feared the government would not release the draft report for public comment before the next budget announcement.
Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan said it would be released ahead of the 2016-17 budget as promised.
“Work is continuing to finalise the Regional Network Development Plan, including integrating the thousands of comments received from people all over regional Victoria,” she said.
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