Nationals plan for faster trains more often
23 April 2018
Passenger train services on the Shepparton line will increase if The Nationals are elected in November, delivering a major benefit for Seymour, Nagambie and Murchison.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said the commitment, announced today, would double services on the Shepparton to Melbourne line from four to eight services each weekday, slashing travel times by up to 15 minutes.
“This means a faster and more frequent train service for Seymour, Nagambie and Murchison residents,” Ms Ryan said.
“We have already announced completely new rolling stock for the line to replace the out of date, 1980s-style locomotives with a newer version of the VLocity train.
“Today’s $77 million commitment includes upgrades to tracks switches, level crossings and signaling between Seymour and Shepparton to reduce unnecessary delays.
“Residents travelling by train will have more services to choose from, both to and from Melbourne.
"We will deliver a service with fewer delays and faster trip times with modern carriages.”
Ms Ryan said decentralising Victoria’s population was high on The Nationals’ agenda and part of this work included improvements to public transport.
“We are seeing significant growth along the Seymour line but there has been no investment from Daniel Andrews,” Ms Ryan said.
“The city-centric Andrews Labor Government has ignored the needs of train travellers in our region for the past four years.
“We deserve a better deal and The Nationals have a plan to deliver it.”