Monday 29 May 2017
Shepparton rail users are missing out on the services they need and deserve
Under the Andrews Labor Government, Shepparton won’t see any extra weekday train services until at least 2020.
Despite the fanfare around this year’s budget announcement, the track work announced by the Government won’t deliver the all the improvement works needed to enable the maximum capacity for rail services.
The current Government should commit funding for the additional infrastructure works immediately, to allow the works to commence sooner. It makes sense for all work on the line to be carried out simultaneously to minimise any disruptions to services.
The Shepparton community has done the work and put a proposal to the current State Labor Government of the infrastructure works required to allow eight return trains to run between Shepparton and Melbourne.
The Liberal Nationals Coalition is committed to making rail a priority with better, faster, and more frequent rail services for the Shepparton Community.
The Liberal Nationals have established a Shepparton Managing Population Taskforce which has heard from many community members about the need to improve rail services. In our Shepparton community survey, additional train services, a second river crossing, local crime and water security are the most important local issues.
The consistent feedback from locals in our taskforce forums is the need to improve connectivity in rail, road and telecommunications. That’s because better connectivity is vital to make sure Shepparton continues to be the great place to live, work and raise a family.
Quotes attributable to Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy:
“A government I lead will make rail services to Shepparton a priority.
“All the work to improve the Shepparton rail corridor should be undertaken at once, rather than piecemeal over many years.
“There is no valid reason to delay this important work. The Government is swimming in money, it received around $11 billion for the Port of Melbourne sale and they have announced 11 new taxes which are raising about 20% more in tax revenue.
“The works that have been announced should be properly done, start earlier and finish quicker.”
Quotes attributable to the Member for Northern Victoria, Wendy Lovell:
“Daniel Andrews has Shepparton rail on the drip feed which will see disruptions to our services for many years. I will continue to pressure Daniel Andrews for full funding to upgrade our rail services.”