Lidia Thorpe - Speech in Parliament: My constituency question is for the Minister for Public Transport. Will the minister commit to a proper needs assessment of the bus services required for people travelling from the inner north across the Chandler Highway bridge to the eastern suburbs and to quickly fulfil any recommendations of that assessment?
With the Chandler Highway bridge upgrade due for completion in the coming months, it is timely that public transport options are provided along this route. Many residents in my electorate of Northcote feel that areas of East Thornbury and Fairfield are not well serviced by public transport.
Buses do not connect with trains and are very irregular. Many people across my electorate have children going to high school in Kew and Hawthorn, with few public transport options to get them there. We need tailored and express services to help people get out of cars and quickly get to where they need to go.