Ryan blows the whistle on XPT
24 March 2015
The fight for an XPT train stop at Euroa station is far from over, Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said today.
Ms Ryan said she had received a disappointing response from NSW TrainLink (formerly CountryLink) after forwarding a petition from the Euroa community requesting that Euroa be made a “stop as required” station on the XPT line.
“NSW TrainLink has brushed off calls for a stop at Euroa on the XPT line and disregarded the 565 frustrated Euroa residents who signed the petition,” Ms Ryan said.
“I am disappointed by the lack of consideration shown towards the needs of the Euroa community and surrounding areas.”
Ms Ryan said the issue affected resident living in Euroa, Balmattum, Longwood, Ruffy, Strathbogie, and Violet Town as well as all areas in between and a stop at Euroa would make a significant difference for residents.
“NSW TrainLink advised me that Euroa residents could travel to Albury on a V/Line train in order to catch the XPT on the same corridor. Clearly, they have no understanding of local geography.
“Catching a train in the opposite direction is not a solution; nor is driving 40 minutes from Euroa to Benalla Station when the XPT passes through the local station.”
Ms Ryan said she had written to the New South Wales (NSW) Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian asking her to help find a solution.
“I will continue to push the need for an XPT stop at the Euroa Station with the NSW Transport Minister as well as with the Victorian Andrews Labor Government.
“I wrote to Victorian Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan several weeks ago requesting her support in negotiating for this.
“Ms Allan could help make this happen if she asked Public Transport Victoria to negotiate with NSW TrainLink,” Ms Ryan said.