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O’Brien calls for more carriages on Gippsland line

Action needs to be taken to fix the over-crowding problem on V/Line’s Gippsland line, The Nationals’ Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien told Parliament this week.

Mr O‘Brien called on the Melbourne Labor Government to immediately add additional carriages or services to the Gippsland line to deal with over-crowding.

He said passengers on the Gippsland line had disembarked from the train in Sale and come directly to his electorate office to report the uncomfortable conditions of their journey from Melbourne.

Many of the passengers are elderly, using the train service to attend medical appointments in Melbourne or to visit family and friends.

Mr O’Brien said constituents had told him about suffering through stifling hot conditions on the over-crowded carriages, with people sitting in the aisles and others forced to stand the entire journey.

“The minister will be aware that the service from Melbourne to Bairnsdale, including through my electorate to Sale, is often overcrowded, with passengers often forced to sit or stand in the aisles,” Mr O’Brien told the Parliament.

“On occasions this occurs even before the train has left the city.

“We cannot wait indefinitely to fix this problem.”

Mr O’Brien said the Gippsland passenger line was regularly the worst performing for punctuality in the state for various reasons.

“The combination of unreliability and over-crowding makes for a pretty unpleasant service for Gippslanders, which must be addressed as a matter of urgency.”

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