Talk:Australia: Sunbury railway line slated for five days of 24-hour upgrades

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Reporter's notes[edit]

Have emailed the shadow Minister for Transport Infrastructure, the Public Transport Users Association, and the deputy Mayor of Hume for comment. Their contact info is linked. I'd have contacted the mayor of Hume, but I thought the deputy mayor would be best as he is a councillor who represents Sunbury, whereas the mayor is not. --LivelyRatification (talk) 02:51, 12 August 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Recieved a response from a PTUA rep which I've forwarded to scoop email, can be read below:
Hi Alison,
Some comments:
It's good to see these upgrades going ahead. They will enable the new Evolution high capacity trains to run on the Sunbury line once the Metro tunnel opens, which will help cut crowding on the line.
Removal of level crossings also helps improve safety and train service reliability.
While the infrastructure works are welcome, the government does need to do more to improve train services, particularly running more trains across the day to help reduce waiting times.
Passengers currently wait up to 20, 30 or even 40 minutes for trains outside peak times - this is not good enough for Melbourne's fast-growing north-western suburbs.
Regards,
Daniel
--LivelyRatification (talk) 03:20, 12 August 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Called the deputy mayor and the minister's office to follow up after not recieving a response. Deputy Mayor should respond by the end of the day, apparently the minister is going to call me back. --LivelyRatification (talk) 05:25, 12 August 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Recieved a response from the deputy mayor, fwd to scoop and can be read below:
Dear Alison
thanks for your email I’ll try and answer it for you.
In terms of the upgrades to the Sunbury line, this is well overdue and I think all the work that is being done will only improve the services in the future.
I think Sunbury residents will be happy with the underpass from the railway line plus the improved services they will be getting however I think the only thing I have query on is the duplication of Macedon Street and Sunbury Road where two lanes each way will end up with a one lane bridge in Bulla and that is going to be a real nightmare not to mention the traffic signals along that road where the new housing estates are being developed.
I can’t complain about the duplication of roadworks but i can complain about the lack of action on the single bulla Bridge.
The other most pressing issue with regards public transport is the failure of Government to set up a smart bus route from Melbourne airport to Sunbury and diggers rest and returning the same way. We have around 30% of residents working in and around the airport and they don’t have a public transport system to take them there.
I trust that helps
Regards
Cr jack Medcraft
Jackson’s creek ward Cr
--LivelyRatification (talk) 06:44, 12 August 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
No response from the shadow minister. The article already looks good as is, so will submit for rev momentarily. --LivelyRatification (talk) 08:56, 12 August 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Review of revision 4634993 [Passed][edit]

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Australia Sunbury railway line slated for five days of 24-hour upgrades

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