POTHOLED roads, improvements to the Melbourne train service and better weekend public transport are the top three transport issues among Warrnambool people.
The major gripes were identified by the RACV during its consultation with the public at its Warrnambool shop yesterday.
The Warrnambool consultation was the last of 10 with regional communities held by the RACV as part of its Regional Growing Pains project.
RACV roads and traffic manager Dave Jones said the organisation was keen for regional centres such as Warrnambool to grow in a safe and sustainable way and avoid the shortfalls in transport infrastructure that has stymied the growth of outer Melbourne.
He said it was no surprise that potholes and other issues about poor road maintenance topped the priorities of Warrnambool and district people.
Poor road maintenance had also been the top priority of people at the RACV’s recent consultations in Ballarat and Horsham, he said.
Another priority identified in the Warrnambool meetings was more train services between Warrnambool and Melbourne and a better standard of train.
People also wanted more frequent public transport services on weekends and more information about the available weekend services.
Mr Jones said concern had been raised about the safety of the Raglan Parade and Botanic Road intersection near Emmanuel College.
Motorists turning right from Raglan Parade into Botanic Road faced problems doing so at peak school traffic times and a call had been made for the installation of traffic lights.
Apart from the personal consultations, the RACV is also conducting an online survey for the Regional Growing Pains project that has so far attracted more than 4000 responses.
Discussions are also being held with local government and transport planning agencies, Mr Jones said.
Issues raised will be developed into a campaign strategy the RACV will launch prior to next year’s state election.
The strategy will highlight the transport issues of concern to the surveyed regional communities and call upon state candidates to respond.