Labor’s train charade leaves voters with clear choice
06 August 2018
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan has expressed dismay at the Andrews Government’s pathetic announcement it is designing new trains, saying the choice for voters at the next election is crystal clear.
“If Labor moves any slower on this process, Daniel Andrews will be in aged care before we get new trains,” Ms Ryan said.
“This charade is confirmation that Labor will continue to ignore our need for new trains. The Nationals, on the other hand, have committed to fully replacing the fleet if we are elected to government, with an order in our first budget.
“This city centric Labor Government has had windfall revenues and yet they have done nothing to improve our train service. Now, on the eve of the election, they are announcing that they are designing a train – the same train they told us they were designing a year ago,” Ms Ryan said.
“We are in the fourth quarter and they are trying to run out the clock.”
In May 2017 the government claimed to have put money in the Victorian Budget to redesign the V/Locity trains.
On October 19, 2017 The Border Mail reported Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan’s office stating that the ‘the design process for the redesign [of VLocity trains] is currently underway’.
On March 16, 2018, Labor backbencher Jaclyn Symes put out a press release which stated: ‘Design work is already underway on modifications necessary to run VLocity trains on the North East line, to inform a future train order to replace the ageing classic fleet carriages.’
“The Andrews Government proudly touts ‘getting it done’ as its slogan and yet, four years after they were elected, Jacinta Allan now tell us she hasn’t even started designing new rolling stock,” Ms Ryan said.
“The choice now could not be clearer: we will only see action on our line if The Nationals are elected to government.
“Labor will continue to play these stupid games because they do not give a toss about anyone who lives beyond Melbourne’s tram tracks.
“If The Nationals are elected to government, we will invest $120 million into the north-east line in our first Budget to completely replace our long-haul train fleet.”