Friday, August 18, 2017
Bayside residents have not been consulted on changes to bus services potentially affecting many local users.
Bayside City Council Mayor Cr Alex del Porto expressed Council’s disappointment with the lack of local consultation by Public Transport Victoria on proposed changes to bus services 216, 219, 220 and 823.
“The changes announced by Public Transport Victoria (PTV) include the proposed withdrawal of bus service 216 via Brighton Beach Station, South Road and New Street. This represents a major change for Bayside commuters,” Cr del Porto said.
Cr Alex del Porto said that despite previous assurances that Council and the local community would be consulted on any proposed changes to the bus network, this had not occurred.
“PTV’s community consultation session for 216, 219 and 220 were held at Sunshine and South Melbourne, making it difficult for Bayside residents to attend to understand the proposed changes and provide any relevant feedback.”
“Disappointingly PTV is not consulting at all on the realignment of the 823 service. As a result, residents who may have new bus stops located outside their property have not had the opportunity to have their say,” Cr del Porto said.
Council has strongly advocated for timely community engagement on any future public transport changes affecting Bayside.
“I encourage Bayside residents who use these bus services or live in the vicinity of the new bus stops to get in touch with PTV to have their say before 20 August,” Cr del Porto said.