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Call for better buses in the west

Call for better buses in the west

Tara Murray

A new campaign has been launched to improve bus services in the west, while focusing on the environment.

Better buses to the West call for frequent, reliable and electric buses in Melbourne’s west and a better bus network nationwide.

Friends of the Earth Melbourne, through their collective sustainable cities, ran an online forum called Better Buses for the West, with more than 100 people attending.

The group’s Laura Sykes said the improved bus services in the West were important on a number of fronts, including reducing car emissions.

“The West is heavily dependent on cars,” she said.

“But there are many people who can not drive, and public transport is their only option. Many do not have that access to basic services with a lack of accessible public transportation. ”

Sykes said the group had three key focus areas in their campaign.

The group wants bus connections every 10 minutes, and for the services are connected to other public transport such as trains and trams.

The group is also eager to see the introduction of electric buses in Victoria.

“You have to have a car to get somewhere on time,” Ms Sykes said.

“Improving transport is a really important area, while at the same time linking it with emissions. It is a matter of social justice.

“We do not want to see people restricted due to not having access to public transportation.”

Brimbank, Hobsons Bay and Wyndham are the three council areas the group focuses on the most.

The campaign will build a network of local climate, transport, trade union, community and social sector groups to demonstrate support for bus reforms that reduce emissions, create local jobs and connect to existing and future transport infrastructure.

Sykes said talks with the three councils have been fruitful.

“They are some of the biggest growth areas,” she said.

“We have had a lot of support from the Council’s community groups in these areas.”

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