Trains Seymour line Regional Public Transport

Urgent call to fix broken V/Line signalling ignored

05 March 2020

The Andrews Labor Government still can’t say when broken signalling on the line between Seymour and Craigieburn will be fixed – two and a half years since the ancient ‘double line block system’ failed.

In an embarrassing Question Time performance today, embattled Public Transport Minister Melissa Horne couldn’t explain how the antiquated system works or when it will be fixed.

V/Line trains between Seymour and Craigieburn have been operating on the double line block system since the 1890s, which uses a system of bells and is the only one of its kind left in Australia.

The system failed in October 2017. Two and a half years later, it still hasn't been fixed or scheduled for upgrade.

The Andrews Government has neglected the V/Line network, axing $149 million from VLine’s budget last year.

Comment attributable to Shadow Minister for Regional Public Transport Steph Ryan

The Minister can’t claim to “take safety very seriously” while failing to understand how the system works or the safety risk to passengers when the signalling is broken.

Passengers on the Seymour line deserve to know when this signalling system will be fixed. 

Daniel Andrews has already ripped $149 million from V/Line which will only get worse with $4 billion in budget cuts looming.


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