Discussions on track for rail investment
Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan says optimism is gathering steam that State and Federal Governments will soon announce funding for the long-overdue improvements to the North East rail line.
Ms McGowan’s comments come following a meeting this week with CEO of Public Transport Victoria Jeroen Weimar and the CEO of V/Line James Pinder.
“PTV, responsible for planning, and V/Line, responsible for running the trains, have acknowledged the role they play in providing the passenger rail services people in North East Victoria deserve,” Ms McGowan said.
“I have had positive meetings now with PTV and V/Line, which are State-owned, and the Australian Rail Track Corporation, which is owned by the Commonwealth.
“Once the Commonwealth government makes an announcement of funding for rail track investment, I call on the State Government to commit to begin the process of replacing the rolling stock.
“I’m optimistic the Federal Government will make a commitment to rail track funding in the upcoming Budget. The prospect of prospect of significant funding through the inland rail project is very encouraging.”
“In the meantime, PTV are open to a roundtable meeting bringing together all the relevant people to discuss the options for rail and rolling stock improvement.”