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Government must act on Gippsland train chaos

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has again called on the state government to take action on a dedicated Gippsland line into Melbourne after further chaos on VLine trains this week.

Mr O’Brien was responding after at least nine trains were delayed on Monday and some people were stranded for over an hour.

“I’ve been campaigning now for some time for the government to take action on the Gippsland line. Our trains generally move along quite well until they reach Pakenham where they regularly get stuck behind Metro services or are delayed due to so-called signal faults,” Mr O’Brien said.

“This is one of the reasons the Gippsland line is the worst performing for punctuality in the state and yet the government has washed its hands of the issue.

“I am astounded that PTV has dismissed calls from local media this week for a response on a dedicated Gippsland line.

“We have seen Labor spend billions of dollars on a dedicated line for Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo but totally ignore Gippsland.

“Recently in State Parliament, I asked the Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan what the government was doing to even plan for future services to Gippsland through Melbourne suburbs and she did not bother to respond to the question,” he said.

“Given Labor’s skyrail project is now proceeding this severely hampers any prospect of a dedicated line on the existing alignment. However the government should at the very least be undertaking a feasibility study on a dedicated line or other solutions that will help improve Gippsland passenger services.

“I also continue to campaign for a stabling facility at Sale to allow additional morning and evening services to Melbourne from Wellington Shire, another issue the government has left in the too hard basket.

“Gippsland commuters deserve better from the Labor Government.”

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Caption: The Nationals Member for Gippsland and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester, with The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien at Sale Railway Station.

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