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Shepparton residents want better roads and rail

A RACV report has found regional Victorians are after better roads and public transport options.

DARREN LINTON December 9, 2013 4:25am

Regional Victorians want better maintained roads, more frequent rail services and improved public transport options according to the results of the RACV’s Regional Growing Pains survey.

The survey included visits to Shepparton to speak directly with road and public transport users.

RACV public transport and mobility manager Thanuja Gunatillake said more than 7900 people participated in the survey, which was part of a broader RACV initiative to identify future transport needs in regional areas.

The survey found:

48 per cent of regional Victorians want better maintained roads;

18 per cent have a problem with the frequency of V/Line train services;

34 per cent were, or knew someone who was, unable to get to work, appointments or social events due to a lack of or unreliable transport during the past year;

17 per cent of regional residents want improved footpaths; and

16 per cent of respondents want better public transport options in their area.

The survey also found regional Victorians were most satisfied with freeways, while residents were least satisfied with on-road bike paths.

Ms Gunatillake said the results demonstrated an integrated approach was needed to meet future transport needs, as the regional population is forecast to grow by almost 430000 by 2031.

‘‘RACV has long supported investment in both road and public transport to meet our state’s needs,’’ Ms Gunatillake said.

‘‘This survey shows that many regional Victorians want improved public transport services and better footpaths, and as part of the Regional Growing Pains project, RACV will work with local councils across the state to identify areas for improvement.”

RACV roads and traffic manager Dave Jones said road maintenance was an increasingly major issue for many regional communities.

‘‘The survey showed that residents across the state wanted improved maintenance of regional roads,’’ he said.

‘‘This is something RACV has flagged via the RACV Pothole Patrol earlier this year, and we are aware that regional Victorians are concerned that the road network in some areas is not up to scratch.’’

People can continue to provide comment to RACV at racvgrowingpains.com.au

The organisation is also meeting with the 10 largest regional councils in order to identify local priority projects.

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