Trains North East Rail Public Transport

Coaches a band aid fix for a much bigger problem

10 September 2018

Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan has described Labor’s latest decision to add new coach services for the north east and Seymour lines as a quick fix to a much bigger problem.

This comes following the Andrews’ Government’s announcement that it will be adding new coach services for Benalla and Seymour residents beginning October 1, with one extra morning service to the current timetable.

“Labor’s decision to add an extra coach service to the north east and Seymour lines is just a band aid fix,” Ms Ryan said.

“Residents don’t want another coach service – they want a train network they can rely on.

“If The Nationals are elected, we will invest $633 million to completely replace Victoria’s old and unreliable trains with brand new V/Locity trains, adapted for long haul travel.

“That means new trains on the north-east and Shepparton line, adding additional seats and improving reliability.

“An extra coach service and a paint job is not going to make up for the years of frustration experienced by commuters.”

Last week Ms Ryan told State Parliament about Michael Gionfriddo from Kilmore who regularly catches the train to Seymour and is frustrated by the infrequency of services and the state of the old VLocity carriages.

“These train lines continued to be plagued with delays, cancellations and breakdowns. It is inexcusable,” Ms Ryan said.

“Labor have offered a temporary solution to a problem they have shamefully ignored for the past four years.

“The choice is very clear for our region at this election: in four years all Labor has done is paint our old trains. The Nationals will order and build new ones.”

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