Overcrowding on buses to Wheeler’s Hill Secondary College

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CONSTITUENCY QUESTIONS

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Rowville electorate

Mr WELLS (Rowville) — (Question 256) The constituency matter I wish to raise is for the attention of the Minister for Public Transport. I do so on behalf of students and parents of Wheelers Hill Secondary College who live in my electorate of Rowville. I recently met with a group of concerned students about the school bus to and from Wheelers Hill Secondary College and Stud Park Shopping Centre in Rowville.

I am advised that in the morning there are one and a half buses allocated to Wheelers Hill Secondary College and in the afternoon there are two buses to return the students to Stud Park. However, the buses are very overcrowded, resulting in many students not being able to get to school or back home. The students feel that, at a minimum, two buses are needed in the morning and three in the afternoon.

When the issue was raised by my office directly with the bus operator, Ventura, it acknowledged there was an overcrowding problem but reported that the patronage statistics do not properly reflect this, as not all students are touching on and off with their myki cards.

The action I therefore seek from the minister is that he institute a Public Transport Victoria review to be urgently undertaken of the current level of bus services provided between Wheelers Hill Secondary College and Rowville.

UPDATE 26th JUNE 2015

Answer from Minister for Public Transport:

Thank you for raising the matter. I have requested that Public Transport Victoria investigate the number of students travelling to Wheelers Hill Secondary College from Rowville and Lysterfield further.

PTV regularly reviews bus routes and services and will consider what improvements can be made to local bus networks to assist with improving public transport in the area for students and the wider community.

In the interim, I am advised that there are alternative bus services available to students attending Wheelers Hill Secondary College Rowville. I understand that these options may not provide a direct bus service at this stage.

The Andrews Labor Government has invested $100 million in the 2015-16 Victorian Budget to improve Victoria’s bus networks, adding more routes, expanding others, restoring cut services and fixing the missing links in Melbourne’s growth areas.