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Labor ignores rail passengers beyond The Valley again

The Melbourne Labor Government has again ignored rail passengers east of Traralgon with its new announcement this week on additional services.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, and The Nationals Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, said Labor had done little for Gippsland and even less for passengers east of Traralgon with its latest announcement.

“The Regional Network Development Plan released earlier this year identified the need for new train stabling at Sale but Labor has done nothing about it since,” Mr O’Brien said.

“This would allow us to have an additional service from Sale each morning very quickly, yet the government has talked about it but once again done nothing.

“I am also concerned that the South Gippsland coach service has not been looked at all and there are no plans to upgrade the service or deliver more services.

“Labor is all focused on the city and when it thinks about country areas it can’t see past Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo.

“Even the new Traralgon services in this announcement are off-peak, when the extra demand has clearly shown to be during the peak times.

“The Melbourne Labor Government needs to look beyond the tram tracks and start delivering upgrades in Gippsland including those that The Nationals committed to at the 2014 election.”

Mr Bull said Bairnsdale services had also been ignored.

“There’s no effort at further track duplications and nothing about the replacement of the Avon River Bridge at Stratford which would allow us to deliver extra services.”

The Nationals MPs said with $9.7 billion received through the sale of the Port of Melbourne the government has no excuses. The Nationals ensured through the sale legislation that at least 10 per cent of that, or $970 million, must be delivered to regional and rural transport projects.

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The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien is pushing for more rail services through Sale.

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