South Eastern Metropolitan Region
RICH-PHILLIPS (South Eastern Metropolitan) — My constituency question this afternoon is for the Minister for Public Transport. It relates to the route of the 897 bus through the suburb of Lyndhurst in Melbourne's south-east. Local residents have raised various concerns regarding the route travelling along the quiet residential streets of Freshwater Boulevard and Marriott Boulevard. They are concerned that these roads are too narrow for buses and that buses on these roads are causing unnecessary danger. I understand that the residents have taken this matter to the Ombudsman, who has verified that residents received no opportunity for consultation regarding the route of the 897 bus prior to it being launched. Subsequently commitments were made by Public Transport Victoria that they would meet and undertake belated consultation together with council and local residents early in February 2017. This commitment has not been delivered upon by Public Transport Victoria. I ask: why did the government neglect to undertake community consultation regarding the route of the 897 bus, and will the minister now consider the views of these local residents regarding a more appropriate and safer 897 bus route?