Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan AO, has issued a challenge to Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Jamie Briggs: to accompany her on a train trip.
Ms McGowan is calling on Mr Briggs to re-visit Indi to experience firsthand how the train service on the Wodonga-Melbourne line needs improving.
“The last time Mr Briggs visited Indi he committed much-needed funding for roads; I would welcome a similar commitment for a business case to fix the train service,” she said.
Public Transport Victoria is conducting a significant community consultation phase to help develop the Regional Network Development Plan. Ms McGowan believes the Federal Government should be providing input to the Plan and increasing its commitment to help lift the standard of the service.
“I will be calling on the Government to put a submission to the Regional Network Development Plan,” Ms McGowan said.
“I welcomed the recent commitment from Premier for Victoria, Daniel Andrews, to give a greater consideration to improving the train service. Having met with the Premier about this issue, I am confident the State Government is taking this matter seriously and is genuine in wanting to solve the problems.”
In late June, Ms McGowan and Member for Murray, Dr Sharman Stone, met with Deputy Prime Minister, Warren Truss, to discuss the improvements needed on the northern line.
“We need all levels of government on board to solve these problems once and for all,” she said.
Regional Network Development Plan feedback can be provided to PTV until September 11, phone 1800 800 007 to share your views. The Regional Network Development Plan draft report will be released on October 30.