CONSTITUENCY QUESTION ON V/LINE WHEELCHAIR ACCESS

My constituency question is to the Minister for Public Transport and concerns the lack of adequate access and seating areas for the physically impaired on V/Line services.

Recently a V/Line traveller who had become a quadriplegic due to a motor vehicle accident contacted me in sheer frustration. His frustration followed several years of totally inadequate government response on the issue. He said he frequently arrives at a station only to find the carriage with wheelchair access not available. Even when access is available there is very limited space for wheelchair users.

The government has no hesitation in spending billions of dollars upgrading metropolitan rail but spends not a single cent in resolving evident defects in regional services, especially for the physically impaired. In comparison to metropolitan rail projects, a resolution to this issue would require relatively minimal investment, and no one should have to wait for new rail carriages to come online.

So I ask: when will the minister ensure that Victoria’s regional train services accommodate the physically disabled and their wheelchairs?

28 May 2019