$50 billion for trains in Melbourne, $0 for north east line
28 August 2018
The Andrews Labor Government is proposing to spend $50 billion on a suburban rail loop for Melbourne, but won’t spend a single cent on new trains for the north east line.
The announcement follows a $750 million pledge from Labor on Monday for the Cranbourne line.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said she was out of patience with Daniel Andrews’ city centric government.
“Daniel Andrews has no interest in investing in regional Victoria,” Ms Ryan said.
“While they are busy spending billions in Melbourne, when it comes to just making our train line reliable, Labor members just don’t seem to care.”
Ms Ryan said the funds required to buy new trains for the north east line were a drop in the bucket compared to the billions Labor was promising to spend in Melbourne.
“The Nationals in government will invest $120 million into the north east line to purchase new VLocity-style trains.
“Trains on the north east line are unreliable and they will continue to break down until the government invests the money to replace them.
“It is truly insulting that Labor is trying to sell this fanciful plan to invest another $50 billion into Melbourne’s rail network as a win for our region when they won’t invest a cent in new trains.”
“Jacinta Allan has spent four years telling us that we just need to be patient about new trains and that more planning is required.
“Yet we are now supposed to believe that we’re going to see a great benefit from a plan to build a loop through the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.
“Time’s up and we’re out of patience.”