Thursday, 2 April 2015
Coalition is committed to more rail services
Shadow Minister for Public Transport and Ports David Hodgett, along with Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Transport and Member for Western Victoria Simon Ramsay and local Member for South Barwon Andrew Katos, met with G21 this week in Geelong to discuss future public transport needs in the Geelong Region.
In discussing the G21 Region Public Transport Strategy with CEO Elaine Carbines, Mr Hodgett reaffirmed the Victorian Coalition remains committed to providing additional passenger rail services for the South West.
Mr Ramsay added the Coalition is also committed to providing 20 minute train services from Geelong to Melbourne.
“In the lead up to the 2014 state election the Coalition announced an additional daily weekday service as well as more weekend trains for the South West, but the Andrews Government has refused outright to support additional passenger rail services and is snubbing the wishes of communities in the South West”, Mr Ramsay said.
Mr Hodgett said the $10 million investment by the Coalition Government in the Warncourt passing loop and the multibillion dollar Regional Rail Link will allow for additional passenger and freight services.
“Premier Andrews needs to make provision for additional trains on the Warrnambool line as this investment will allow opportunities for more services into Western Victoria,” Mr Hodgett said.
A meeting was also held with the Public Transport Users Association to discuss duplication of the rail track from South Geelong to Waurn Ponds.
Mr Katos reaffirmed his commitment to working closely with the PTUA in seeking greater efficiencies of rail transport between Waurn Ponds and the Geelong station and to ensure new bus network timetables complement the new train timetables.
All three Coalition Members agreed with G21 and the PTUA that the Andrews Government needs to immediately commit additional VLine passenger rail services for the South West.