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Nationals to invest in South West Gippsland Transport Study

A Liberal Nationals Government will identify opportunities for better public transport in south west Gippsland, to reduce travel time and get more cars off the roads.

With growing demand for public transport in the region and people living in our community commuting to Melbourne for work, it’s time we look at options for better public transport.

To better meet future public transport needs in south west Gippsland, an elected Liberal Nationals Government will provide $200,000 towards a South West Gippsland Transport Study.

Leader of The Nationals and Shadow Minister for Regional Victoria and Decentralisation Peter Walsh said the study will look at transport options for south west Gippsland and consider the needs of people in Bass Coast and South Gippsland Shires.

“A Liberal Nationals Government has a vision to decentralise our state into a state of cities, which includes connecting our communities with better public transport to get cars off our roads and more people onto buses and trains,” Mr Walsh said.

The study will also refresh previous studies on the case for returning rail to South Gippsland, as the Gippsland train line is set to undergo transformational works as part of the Liberal Nationals’ plans for European-style high speed rail.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien said public transport has been identified as a priority by communities in South Gippsland and there is demand for improved coach services through the region.

“Already, we have people moving to our region and commuting to Melbourne for work so there’s demand for better, reliable public transport to get people where they need to be, sooner,” Mr O’Brien said.

“For four years, Labor has failed to outline its plan for better public transport in South Gippsland. Only a Liberal Nationals Government will do the work needed to deliver a better deal for our community.”

Liberal Member for Bass Brian Paynter said Daniel Andrews had failed to improve public transport, leaving locals stuck in traffic.

“We want to investigate what options there are available to better connect our communities,” Mr Paynter said.

“Only the Liberal Nationals will make sure people have choice and control over their daily commute so they spend less time in traffic and more time with family and friends.”

Only an elected Liberal Nationals Government will invest in better public transport in Gippsland, including building high speed rail between Melbourne and Traralgon and a dedicated Gippsland line out of Melbourne’s south eastern suburbs.

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