Northern Victoria's train services
23 May 2018
Another sitting week, and yet another dismal story of train travel in my region, or in this case several stories. Jeff Leask has been in contact with me. His train was an hour late due to signalling issues, which is a common occurrence for those in my region who travel the Seymour and Shepparton lines. A few weeks ago he experienced it yet again when his train broke down at Kilmore East. David Ford has been in touch with me. He saw V/Line blame a delayed service on passengers boarding at Heathcote Junction. On 14 March David boarded the 6.58 a.m. Seymour to Southern Cross train. It stopped just short of Craigieburn station for 15 minutes due to Metro Trains Melbourne congestion, and V/Line updated its customers via social media platforms and by SMS with this:
The 06:57 Seymour to Southern Cross Station is currently delayed by 19 minutes due to increased customer boarding requirements at Heathcote Junction.
David has told me that there was in fact no discernible disruption at all at Heathcote Junction.
Last night I was contacted by Louise Richards from Wallan. She has described catching the Seymour train as being herded and 'mustered around on old rolling stock' like sheep. The Minister for Public Transport is in this chamber. She is not even listening, and it is time that she did.