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Sale needs new passenger rail services

Sale and East Gippsland are in need of additional passenger services, with the region dramatically under-serviced by rail compared with similar sized towns and cities.

But The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien says the region has again been overlooked by the Andrews Labor Government with its so-called “biggest revamp of the Victorian train timetable in 10 years” delivering nothing new for Gippslanders.

Mr O’Brien said he and his colleagues have been campaigning for years for improved train services on the Gippsland line and the Government has again failed to deliver.

“The Andrews Labor Government has bragged about 450 additional train services, but not a single one of them is on the Gippsland line.

“In particular there is nothing new for services beyond Traralgon where we are still stuck with just three services a day in both directions.

“This is a stark contrast to the 19 services a day from Traralgon and the Government’s announcement of 125 new services per week for Ballarat.

“Time and time again Labor shows it just doesn’t care about Gippsland train users.

“Even the investment in the Gippsland Rail Revival project is largely funded by the Federal Government and is at least two years behind the Ballarat Rail Revival package.

“The Nationals took a significant regional rail package to the last election that would have delivered vastly improved services for regional rail, including on the Gippsland line, and extended rail lines around the state.

“With billions of dollars being spent on metropolitan infrastructure it’s disappointing that Gippsland rail services are not benefitting.  The Government should be developing plans for a dedicated track for Gippsland trains through Melbourne to ease congestion and improve our appalling punctuality and reliability figures.

“I’ll continue to agitate for additional services for Sale and East Gippsland which with a population of around 80,000 are virtually equivalent to the regional cities of Ballarat and Bendigo which have much greater levels of service.”

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien says Sale and East Gippsland are in need of additional passenger rail services

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