Ryan backs push for XPT stop at Euroa
26 February 2015
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan has taken up the case for Strathbogie Shire residents eager to see Euroa Railway Station become a stop on the XPT service between Melbourne and Sydney.
Ms Ryan said she had been presented with a petition from people living in Euroa and surrounding areas requesting that Euroa be made a “stop as required” station on the line.
“The issue has been a longstanding one for people living in Euroa and surrounding areas who are forced to drive to either Benalla or Seymour should they wish to travel on the line.
“Residents of Euroa, Balmattum, Longwood, Ruffy, Strathbogie and Violet Town would all benefit from the service and the 565 signatures on the petition are testament to this.”
Ms Ryan said securing the stop was more important than ever after Labor axed the Coalition’s plan for a $178 million country rail package which would have placed additional services on the north-east line.
“Not only has Daniel Andrews scrapped $160 million in funding for country roads and bridges, he has also dramatically reduced funding for country rail.
“None of Labor’s commitment to country rail is earmarked for the north-east line.”
Ms Ryan said she had sent the petition to NSW Train Link (formerly CountryLink) and had also written to both the Victorian and New South Wales Transport Ministers requesting their support in the matter.
“For many residents, the XPT is the only service that arrives in Melbourne before 9 am which can make getting to work, meetings and appointments in the city very difficult.
“In order to get to Benalla in time for the 5 am departure of the XPT service, passengers need to leave Euroa no later than 4:20 am, making for a very early morning and a long day,” Ms Ryan said.
“It is my understanding that both Henty and The Rock in New South Wales operate as “request stops” on the line and I support Euroa residents in their push for a similar stop.”
Ms Ryan said there was a great deal of public support behind the proposal as evidenced by the petition and by the number of constituents who had already raised the issue with her.
“In order for public transport to be useful and work effectively it must be accessible, and accessibility is exactly what Strathbogie Shire residents are asking for.
“I have requested that the relevant parties work together to find a solution for Strathbogie Shire and I will continue to push for better public transport options for the Euroa electorate,” Ms Ryan said.