Call To Arms Against Newport Rail Failures

Geelong’s commuters – (and Metro Trains Melbourne’s Werribee and Williamstown commuters) – have endured another bout of “Newport Induced Delays” in recent weeks, with numerous power failures and “track equipment failures” grinding these three train lines to a halt for hours at a time.

This problem has been going on for a long time – (I previously discussed this over a year ago) – yet we are still regularly confronted with this rubbish, that should be avoidable if someone would actually take ownership of the problem.

Ownership of the problem? Yeah. Right.

I have contacted the Victorian Minister for Transport, Terry Mulder, asking about what is going on, and what is going to be done about it?

I have already received the following reply from a staffer:

“Thank you for your email addressed to the Hon Terry Mulder MP, Minister for Public Transport and Minister for Roads, concerning the above. I wish to advise that a response will be forwarded in the near future.”

Obviously a canned response, but it will be interesting to see the final “response”.

Chances are it will be another fairly benign “we are working towards improving services for all Victorians” kind of response, but we’ll see.

In the meantime, I call on all commuters to write and express your views towards Mr Mulder, just so he understands the problems we are facing.

Like a mosquito that keeps on biting, eventually they’ll have to stop and scratch the itch.

So lets keep biting.

We’ve had enough, right?