Railfan Matthew Stocks, who is on a six-month stay in Melbourne to train with his father, has been forced to run a mile and a half to get to his work.
Matthew, who runs a small shop in North Melbourne, is one of hundreds of train fans who have been forced by the Victorian Government to walk to the station in order to board trains.
Matthew’s father, Peter Stocks has been running his family’s train ticket business since 2008, and has always been on the fence about joining the ranks of train enthusiasts.
Mr Stocks said the Government’s announcement was disappointing, but that it had no choice.
“They didn’t have a choice.
I think it’s unfair,” Mr Stacks said.
“You can’t be the only person in a business, and then have to walk.”
“You have to go through the entire thing to get on the train, you have to be on the track, you need to walk the entire distance.”
Mr Stocks is now facing an unprecedented financial hardship as a result of the new policy.
He said the change had been a long time coming.
“It’s almost like a year in the making, and they didn’t tell us anything until now,” he said.
“It’s just ridiculous that they’d let me walk through that gate and not tell me how to get onto the train.”
Peter Stocks started his own business in 2010 and has since taken it from a single-storey office block to a sprawling warehouse that houses his entire family’s business.
The Stocks family has been the biggest rail fans in North Victoria, but their journeys have become more frequent in recent years as the Government implemented a new train ticket scheme.
Mr Lyle said the new train travel policy was part of a broader change to train travel in Victoria, which would see people travelling further distances for trains.
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