Mayors rail together for transport

Melbourne’s mayors have rallied together to push federal public transport spending

Mayors rail together for transport
Mayors rail together for transport

August 21, 2013

Eastern Melbourne’s "lifeblood" of public transport is being lobbied by mayors who have asked Federal government for more funding support by sending a joint letter to Australian leaders.

The letter to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd (Labor), Tony Abbott (Liberal) and Christine Milne (Greens) was signed at Huntingdale Railway Station this week.

Councillors Angela Long (Greater Dandenong), Karin Orpen (Knox), Jennifer Yang (Manningham), CMicaela Drieberg (Monash), Andrew Munroe (Whitehorse) and Jim Child (Yarra Ranges) are hoping to encourage the Federal government to support funding for urban rail projects.

The mayors want the leaders to support funding for the Melbourne Metro project which is critical for other rail extensions.

This includes rail extensions to Doncaster, Rowville and capacity improvements to Dandenong, Glen Waverley and Belgrave/Lilydale.

The mayors say in the letter: "Commuters count this Federal Election as they are the lifeblood of our economy and communities.

"Gridlock and congestion wastes time and money and can be solved through action on major transport infrastructure.

"That is why we urge you to support improved public transport and a stronger economic future for the eastern suburbs by committing the Commonwealth to funding transport infrastructure on merit.’’

They also asked commuter commuters to share their views and improvements that they would like to see by sending photos and comments to the hash tag #commuterscount on Twitter and liking the Eastern Transport Coalition’s Commuters Count Facebook page.

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