Suzanna Sheed calls for review of city bus services

By Shepparton News

State member for Shepparton Suzanna Sheed is calling for a town bus service for Shepparton and Mooroopna which caters to the community’s needs.

Ms Sheed said bus services for the city and surrounds were sorely lacking and no significant upgrades had happened in the past decade.

Furthermore, district timetables and bus routes did not cater for the growth the city had seen, nor factor in the region’s development in the past 10 years.

Ms Sheed called for a comprehensive review in parliament this week.

She used her adjournment debate in parliament on Tuesday to raise the matter with the state’s public transport minister, who is set to respond in the next month.

Ms Sheed said it was astonishing, in particular, that the day’s first town bus arrived at Shepparton railway station 10 minutes after an early train to Melbourne departed.

‘‘And of course the only other week-day morning train left more than an hour earlier,’’ she said.

‘‘This just isn’t good enough. Our community has worked so hard to turn around years of neglect and secure $356.5million to upgrade the Shepparton train line and deliver a faster and more frequent rail service, and we must ensure this investment is supported by appropriate public transport connectivity across the region.’’

Ms Sheed said the region’s towns were fast growing and the bus service was not keeping pace, not reaching certain areas and running for limited hours.

‘‘New housing developments are springing up across Shepparton and Mooroopna that aren’t being reached and for those that do have access to the network, the limited scheduling of buses between about 7am and 6pm mean they often can’t get to where they need to go when they need to be there.’’

Infrastructure investment in the region would likely result in continued growth for the city and surrounds and it must be catered for, she said.

Ms Sheed understood other regional centres had benefited from reviews in recent times.

‘‘It is time the Shepparton and Mooroopna networks are also reviewed so steps can be taken to realign the services to the community’s current and future needs,’’ she said.