Nationals MPs call for action on north east rail line
01 July 2015
June 26, 2015
Nationals MPs from north east Victoria are calling for action on the Albury-Southern Cross rail line.
Member for Euroa Steph Ryan and Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy will convene a meeting of local governments along the rail corridor in August in hope of forming a new alliance to lobby for better train services.
In Benalla today, Ms Ryan and Mr McCurdy said it was important to take a united voice to Spring St.
Ms Ryan said commuters had become tired of Labor’s apparent lack of willingness to tackle the problem.
“The Andrews Government has put off funding the investment of the north east corridor by announcing a review”, Ms Ryan said.
“Since he became Premier, Daniel Andrews has commissioned on average a new review every three days.
“Labor is a government of mirrors – they’re very good at looking into things – but I fear this review is just designed to give them a way out.”
Mr McCurdy said it was important that the community got behind the alliance and made their voices heard.
“This is an opportunity to show the government that we care about our passenger rail services and we’re going to fight for them,” Mr McCurdy said.
“We will not be ignored by this Melbourne Labor Government.
“This year’s budget contained $257 million for 21 new VLocity regional carriages, however every single one has been earmarked for Geelong.
“No funding was allocated to provide additional services to the north-east corridor or even the Shepparton corridor.”
Mr McCurdy said Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan had also refused to re-establish the successful V/Line advisory group which was created to ensure customer complaints and feedback were dealt with efficiently.