No end in sight to Seymour signalling woes
05 August 2021
Regional passengers have again been let down by the Andrews Labor Government, with state-of-the-art signalling on the cards for Melbourne but not for Seymour’s antiquated double line block system.
Local MP and Shadow Minister for Regional Public Transport Steph Ryan has criticised Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan for crowing about high-capacity signalling for Melbourne passengers when the government has failed to fix problems on the Seymour train line.
“Once again, regional commuters have been let down by Daniel Andrews’ city-centric Labor government,” Ms Ryan said.
“V/Line trains between Seymour and Craigieburn continue to operate on the double line block system – a system that’s not still in use anywhere else in Australia.
“The system failed in October 2017. Almost four years on and following a serious near-miss in May this year, it still hasn’t been fixed or scheduled for an upgrade.
“It is farcical for the Minister to be comparing Victoria’s public transport network to powerhouse public transport hubs in Asia and the UK when just outside of Melbourne, the Seymour line is still operating by morse code.
“Despite a near head-on collision between two passenger trains on May 14, Minister for Public Transport Ben Carroll told the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee that the line was ‘safe’ and Labor was working towards ‘a range of investments…including the double-blocking.’
“Two months later, Labor have made no concrete commitment to fixing the line.
“While our neighbours in Melbourne will be able to reap the benefits of cutting-edge signalling technology, Seymour commuters remain stuck in the 1800s, operating on a system reliant on technology that is as obsolete as a walkman or a dial-up modem.
“Regional commuters deserve much, much more than the breadcrumbs the Andrews Labor Government is leaving behind.”