Tuesday 28 April, 2015
Labor adopts Liberal's suggestion for better reporting standards
After exposing the Weatherill Government’s lack of transparency and poor reporting of public transport statistics in October last year, Shadow Minister for Transport Corey Wingard has welcomed the Labor Government adopting his suggestion for better reporting standards.
“I called on the Weatherill Government to look at this six months ago. Feedback on performance is vital and for years the State Government has reported months in arrears giving the public no useful information about the standard of our public transport system,” said Mr Wingard.
“Public Transport Victoria reports their figures daily and their transport delivery team is accountable for on time running standards.
“I’m glad the Weatherill Labor Government has woken up and moved to weekly reporting but could they go one better and could we match Victoria and give daily reports for on time running of our public transport system?”
Transport Minister Stephen Mullighan recently lauded the success of the Noarlunga line by revealing that 4.18 million passengers have used the line since February 23 last year.
However, the Rail Commissioner’s 2010-2011 Annual Report reveals that the number of passengers using the Noarlunga Line in 2009-10 was 4,290,277 – a reduction in patronage of 110,000 over five years.
“Public transport experts will tell you the key to building patronage is to provide a reliable and safe system,” said Mr Wingard.
“There have been a number of safety issues around Adelaide’s public transport in the media recently and social media is also full of reports about unreliable services.
“The Weatherill Labor Government has to lift its game with public transport for South Australians.”