After meeting with the Federal Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan, in Canberra, the CEO of the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), John Fullerton will come to Indi in December to meet with local state MPs and constituents.
He will visit and speak to locals in Wodonga, Wangaratta and Benalla, where people can discuss the ongoing track improvements.
Northeast Coalition MPS, Bill Sykes, Bill Tilley, Tim McCurdy, who recently met with Mr Fullerton themselves in Melbourne, have been invited to attend the scheduled visits, with Cindy McLeish also expressing interest.
These forums follow on from a recent meeting with State MPs with the Minister for Public Transport, ARTC and V/Line and builds on ongoing lobbying by north east MPs on behalf of constituents.
Cathy said she was excited to have Mr Fullerton come to Indi.
“It will be a great chance for the people of Indi to hear firsthand about what’s happening with the rail line between Albury and Melbourne,” she said.
Mr Fullerton caught up with Cathy in her Canberra office on Thursday to discuss the ongoing works on the line.
He gave Cathy a full briefing on the works program underway on the track and informed her of the effort underway in Victoria to remove the speed restrictions on the track between Albury and Melbourne, with the deployment of new machinery on our part of the track.
The main undertaking at the moment is a Ballast Rehabilitation Program (BRP), which improves the quality of ballast condition and drainage and helps to get trains running back to as-near normal journey times.
It’s a five year program and although there is still much to do, there have been significant improvements over the past twelve months.
“I had a very productive meeting with Mr Fullerton yesterday in Canberra and am pleased to hear of the progress being made on lifting the speed restrictions on the track,” Cathy said.
“It seems as though the BRP program will finally help remove speed restrictions so that the trains can run to their schedule.”
“There has been a lot of improvement over the past year, with average delay time decreasing from 50 minutes to 20 minutes – but there is still much that needs to be done.