Regional rail funding
20 June 2018
The Nationals in coalition with the Liberals have made a commitment to replace all long-haul trains across Victoria, but despite repeated requests made to the Andrews government, we have had no investment in the Seymour, the north-east or the Shepparton lines.
Hayden Wing, who commutes from Kilmore into Melbourne's CBD each day for work, has written to me. He catches a train from Wandong that is supposed to arrive at Southern Cross station at 7.59 a.m. The train is regularly late into the city, but because he has kids he cannot catch an earlier service. He writes:
These delays are causing me significant concerns in regards to my employment. I have been late for meetings, the situation is embarrassing in front of my colleagues and I am concerned that my employment could be threatened.
Ian Riley of Tallarook has also written to me a couple of times. He writes:
My recent V/Line experiences between Tallarook and Southern Cross have confirmed my earlier belief that this line is unimportant to the current government.
How is it that a service as infrequent as this cannot have a train available at the scheduled time?
I have written to V/Line and been offered all sorts of excuses with scheduling difficulties, but how difficult can it be to have a train available to get away on time?