Premier for Melbourne’s raw deal on rail
01 May 2018
Passengers on the north east, Seymour and Shepparton train lines will not be getting any new trains under Daniel Andrews.
The news came as a bitter blow to Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan who has been fighting for new trains for the Shepparton and north-east lines since she was elected.
“I have secured a pledge to replace all of the trains on the Shepparton and north east lines if The Nationals are elected to government,” Ms Ryan said.
“That is $240 million to deliver faster and more reliable train services of the total $633 million investment promised by The Nationals to replace all of country Victoria’s long haul trains.
“Labor’s latest budget pours $25 billion into metro project blowouts but in regional Victoria we continue to get a raw deal.
“If Labor had agreed to buy new trains we could have been confident that, no matter who wins the next election, our train service would be fixed. Instead, after today’s Budget, it is clear that only The Nationals and the Liberals are committed to making this investment in our region,” Ms Ryan said.
Ms Ryan said Daniel Andrews had lied to north east residents by reneging on a promise he made to buy new trains.
“The Premier himself stood in Wangaratta in April 2016 and stated: ‘Let’s have the federal government provide the money for the track and my government will provide the money for the trains and we’ll get on with making this service much, much better’.
“Just two months ago, Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan came to Benalla and said that she was committed to buying to new trains.
“Despite all of these promises, after four years and four Budgets, there has not been a single dollar from Labor to replace the faulty, outdated trains on our line.
“People are not buying these hollow words and empty commitments from Daniel Andrews who has proven time and time again that he doesn’t give two figs for anyone living outside of Melbourne.”