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Millswood Station. What a half-cocked con!!!

July 30, 2014

797198-c90e3bda-ba22-11e3-9942-d7dbb3111cd3Why am I not surprised? Because it was an election promise. And we all know what THAT means…

With it’s political future in the balance, the Labor Party dug deep for extra votes in the pivotal and precarious Ashford electorate,  held by Steph Key. A major mail-out by a “re-open  Millswood Railway Station”  resident  group prompted  a parliamentary promise that the long-abandoned commuter  facility would be brought back into business.  Albeit on a trial basis.

Labor held the seat. The Party was returned to power by the slimmest of margins.  And long-suffering  residents waited with interest for an announcement from Transport Minister Mullighan, pictured right..

Silence reigned.

After a while, and some considerable public prompting (including some from “Grumpy”),  came  news that the promised trial run would eventuate and that a six-figure sum would be spent on returning the station to a useable state.

More weeks of silence. And now?Yes. The re-opening promise will be kept.

BUT TRAINS WILL NOT STOP NINE TIMES DURING PEAK HOURS DURING THE YEAR-LONG TRIAL DUE TO START IN NOVEMBER. THAT’S EVERY SECOND TRAIN . Some trial!!!

Meanwhile, if you want to air your views, the consultation period still has a week to run. After which the timetable will be finalised. And maybe if you are REALLY interested in the reason for the government’s half-hearted approach to the issue you should contact Mr Mullighan or perhaps even Steph Key.

Goodnight. And good luck.

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