Shire of Toodyay

AvonLink Trial Receives Go Ahead

Posted on: Thursday, 8 May 2014 at 12:00:00 AM

AVONLINK TRIAL RECEIVES GO AHEAD THANKS TO ROYALTIES FOR REGIONS

Today’s State Budget has made provision for a three year trial of an enhanced Avonlink service which will deliver significant benefit to the Avon and Wheatbelt region.

Local Nationals MPs have welcomed the Minister for Regional Development’s support for the project saying it was a great result for the community.

“My colleagues Shane Love MLA, Paul Brown and Martin Aldridge MLC and I have been strong advocates for the trial, supported by Local Government and the community,” Ms Davies said.

“The Avon Valley has been identified as a growth area for the State and a daily public train service to and from the region is a critical to catering for future population and economy growth and prosperity.

“It is also a valuable and safe service for those that are unable to drive, catering for our seniors, those with disabilities and our youth.”

Member for Moore Shane Love said the reasons for previously low patronage should have been addressed instead of shutting the service down.

“I am pleased the Minister for Regional Development has recognised the importance of this service for the Avon,” Mr Love said.

“The trial will mean the issues that have led to low patronage can be addressed and the community and State Government can monitor and evaluate the outcome,” Mr Love said.

“The barriers to increasing patronage include inconvenient scheduling, expensive ticketing and limited marketing of the service to the public.

“Including a marketing campaign to raise awareness of the AvonLink will provide increased knowledge of the benefits in using this service.”

The MPs thanked the community for their support in campaigning for the service saying they’d remained constructive and solution oriented.

The funding will be available from within the Royalties for Regions fund and will be progressed on the approval of a business case that has been prepared by the Wheatbelt Development Commission and Public Transport Authority in consultation with the Department of Treasury.

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