Stopping all stations – to Broadmeadows?

06 September 2018

Nationals Deputy Leader Steph Ryan has called on the Andrews Labor Government to rule out any plans to terminate north east, Shepparton and Seymour trains at Broadmeadows under its proposed new suburban rail loop.

The Labor Party outlined a pre-election promise last week that would establish a suburban rail loop ring around Melbourne and trumpeted that it would include “regional super-hubs”, including one at Broadmeadows for Shepparton and north east line trains.

Deputy Leader of The Nationals and Member for Euroa Steph Ryan called on the Andrews Labor Government to guarantee this won’t mean north east, Seymour and Shepparton trains will terminate at Broadmeadows.

“North east residents are angry that Labor is pushing this $50 billion plus project without spending a cent to address the ancient rolling stock that breaks down day after day on our line,” Ms Ryan said.

“But they will be incensed if Labor also plans to terminate Shepparton, north east and Seymour trains at Broadmeadows as part of these plans. A number of people have already raised this concern with me.”

Ms Ryan said Labor needed to be unequivocal that north east, Shepparton and Seymour line trains will continue all the way to Southern Cross.

“It alarms me that Daniel Andrews, Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan and Labor’s Jaclyn Symes are talking up these ‘super-hubs’. Labor needs to rule out immediately any plan to terminate our trains at the junction of the proposed new suburban loop,” she said.

Ms Ryan said the Liberals and Nationals would refer the idea for an outer suburban loop from Frankston to Werribee to Infrastructure Victoria to see if it stacks up.

“There may be benefits in this idea but let’s see what the independent infrastructure adviser thinks,” Ms Ryan said.

“The Nationals are focussed on fixing the north east and Shepparton trains with a $633 million to build new long-haul V/Locity trains.

“We will replace the old diesels that keep breaking down with new, modern, fast and comfortable trains.”

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