Nationals Member for Morwell, Russell Northe, has raised the plight of a local family affected by V/Line’s ongoing problems with the Public Transport Minister during Parliament today.
Mr Northe told Parliament he had been contacted by Latrobe Valley mother Gillian Young, whose daughter has a disability and attends medical appointments in Melbourne.
“With only a fraction of Traralgon’s usual services running, recently Ms Young’s daughter could not get a seat on the train and the steep steps and cramped seats of replacement coaches are unsuitable for her,” Mr Northe told Parliament.
“This forced Ms Young to drive four hours for her daughter’s appointment.”
Mr Northe asked Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan to explain what arrangements would be put in place for V/Line passengers like Ms Young’s daughter, so people with disabilities could retain their independence.
Jacinta Allan admitted the V/Line crisis was making life very difficult for people with disabilities and she would personally work with the family to make alternate arrangements.
“The Andrews Labor Government’s ongoing V/Line crisis is bad enough but for people like Gillian and her daughter, it’s even more difficult,” Mr Northe said.
“Jacinta Allan today admitted in Parliament that V/Line is in crisis and that families like Gillian’s have not been properly consulted.
“Latrobe Valley commuters are sick of excuses and just want this V/Line chaos to end.”
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