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Seymour line derailed under Labor

27 July 2018

Cancelled services, longer wait times and more delays have become the norm on the Seymour line under Labor.

The latest performance data from V/Line shows a drastic decrease in punctuality and reliability since Daniel Andrews was elected in 2014.

Punctuality has decreased on the Seymour line from 91.7 per cent in Nov 2014 to 88.3 per cent in June 2018.

The number of cancellations has skyrocketed with cancelled services increasing from four in November 2014 to 33 in June 2018.

Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said the figures reinforced a widely held concern that Seymour line travellers are being forgotten under Labor.

“Passengers on the Seymour line deserve better than we’re getting under the city-centric Andrews Labor Government,” Ms Ryan said.

“Daniel Andrews has had four years and four state budgets but he has completely failed to deliver and travellers are fed up.

“Labor are prepared to pour billions into metro Melbourne, but they have abandoned country travellers leaving more and more people arriving late, crowded into overfilled trains or stranded on replacement buses.”

The data reinforces the concerns that Seymour line passengers have been voicing for some time.

Broadford’s Raelene Brown has been travelling the line for 30 years and says she has never seen the service so bad.

“I could choose to quit my job and go on the dole however I choose to work, saving the government money and resources,” Ms Brown said.

“I don’t care about the excuses I want reliability. Yes more services would be really wonderful but I just want a fast, efficient, reliable service.”

Ms Ryan said if The Nationals if elected in November they would order new long haul trains for the north east and Shepparton lines in their first budget which would help alleviate pressure on the line.

“We expect that these trains will have six cars and seats for more than 440 passengers.  Most V/Line locomotive trains haul four carriages, with seats for around 280 passengers. 

“The new trains will also have more seats than the longer locomotive trains in service (with five carriages) which have seats for around 370 passengers.

“Country passengers deserve far better than the raw deal they’re getting from Daniel Andrews.”

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