End of the line for Indi’s rail pain
Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan says the announcement of $100 million to fix the North East rail line is a stunning result for local independent action in Indi.
“All the work we have done together on rail has delivered a tremendous result!” Ms McGowan said.
The money for rail is independent of the inland rail upgrade and focusses solely on improving passenger rail services for North East Victoria.
Ms McGowan said she has called Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews an asked him to put the new trains on order.
“This whole process has shown the value of having an independent representative bringing together State and Federal transport ministers and the ARTC, ending the blame game, and getting real action,” Ms McGowan said.
“Congratulations to the Hume Rail Corridor Group and the Border Rail Action Group, and Minister Darren Chester, who have worked so hard with me to make the case. This result could mean up to 385,000 extra trips a year benefiting the economies of Benalla, Wangaratta, Chiltern, Springhurst and Wodonga.”
Ms McGowan said an important next step would be to establish a high level expert committee to oversee the completion of the improvements to passenger rail.
Funding for other rail projects
Ms McGowan also welcomed:
• Confirmation the inland rail upgrade would go through Albury.
• The allocation of $20 million for a business case for high speed rail.
Ms McGowan is inviting people to have a say on the budget at www.cathymcgowan.com.au until 25 May.