More money for the city while Gippslanders wait
Daniel Andrews’ suburban rail announcement shows once again that he leads a city-centric government that cares little for Gippsland.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien said the $50 billion plus wish list project for a suburban underground rail line does nothing to fix Gippsland’s pathetically performing train line.
“The Nationals have committed $8 million to a business case to deliver a dedicated Gippsland line to address congestion through the south eastern suburbs,” Mr O’Brien said.
“Our trains generally run pretty well to Pakenham where they get caught behind metro trains. Congestion is one of the main reasons the Gippsland line is the worst performing in the state for punctuality.
“Labor has not only refused to match our commitment, it has openly mocked it.
“Now we have Daniel Andrews, Jacinta Allan and Harriet Shing promoting an unfunded, uncosted, multibillion dollar proposal that will take decades to achieve, but most importantly for Gippslanders, there’s no benefits for us in this city-centric project.
“Gippslanders have been putting up with delays, cancellations, coach replacement services and outdated train rolling stock under this government and yet instead of addressing it, they’re going to spend billions more taxpayers’ dollars on the suburbs.”
Mr O’Brien said Gippslanders are fed up with the poor service and are angry that under Labor money is again being spent in Melbourne at the expense of regional services.
“The Nationals have committed to a dedicated line and we’ve promised $633 million for new rolling stock for long haul trains to Bairnsdale.
“We actually want to see our state decentralised and that requires better services like rail and roads in Gippsland to encourage people to live in our beautiful part of the state.
“Labor on the other hand is allocating all its money to Melbourne and has turned its back on the main problems on the Gippsland rail line.”
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, says Labor is refusing to address problems on the Gippsland line but spending billions more on suburban rail.