Patronage blamed for bus service withdrawls

TWO bus services in Wellington Shire have been cut because of poor patronage.

The Boisdale to Briagolong run and Seaspray holiday service are among 30 services across the state to the scrapped by the government following a reveiw of patronage levels.

However Shadow Transport Minister Fiona Richardson said the cuts would hurt the communities involved.

“Ted Baillieu and Transport Minister Terry Mulder are cutting off vital transport options to thousands of Victorians,” she said.

“Labor introduced the Transport Connections Program to improve transport options for people living in rural and regional Victoria. These improved transport services provided rural and regional Victorians with opportunities to attend medical appointments, work, attend social functions and contribute to local economies.

“Access to public transport is a significant concern for people in regional Victoria, and this callous move by the Baillieu government to scrap these bus services could isolate residents.”

Ms Richardson said people aged over 60, those living with a disability, unemployed residents and students would feel the full impact of these cuts.

“Mr Mulder was happy to proclaim he had ‘fixed’ Victoria’s transport problems, but we now know by fixing them, he meant scrapping regional bus services.”