The Eastern Transport Coalition comprises of Melbourne’s seven outer eastern councils and advocates for public transport improvements within the outer suburbs.

Tonight’s meeting discussed the recently released Victorian Transport Plan and the disappointment over the lack of consideration of projects within Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.

While there are some positive aspects to the State Government’s plan, such as designating Ringwood as a Central Activity District and an implied recognition of the importance that public transport will have within these centres, there is unfortunately a lack of detail over infrastrucutre needs in the eastern suburbs or further bus upgrades.

New rail extensions to Rowville and Doncaster, coupled with improvements to bus services, would provide transport choice for Melbourne’s eastern suburbs and enhance the region’s economic, social and environmental sustainability.

Likewise transport services must be accessible for all people within our community. It is therefore critical that the State Government commits to redeveloping Ringwood Station into a safe and accessible transport interchange.

The Eastern Transport Coalition will be continuing to call on all levels of Government to commit to public transport improvements within Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.

Alex Makin

Alex Makin

Alex Makin is a councillor for the Mullum Ward in the City of Maroondah. Alex has been a councillor since 2005, representing ratepayers, businesses, community groups and residents. I aim to continue making a difference and welcome any thoughts you may have in regard to life, community and business in Maroondah. Phone: (03) 9870 8202 or 0408 311 645 Email: alex@alexmakin.com.au

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