Government commits to a better ride on North East rail
North East rail passengers can expect to start seeing improvements later this year. Federal Transport Minister, Darren Chester made the commitment in response to a question from the Federal Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan in Parliament today.
Ms McGowan sought details on the scope of works and the timetable for delivery of the $140 million upgrade to the line.
“Most importantly, how will the communities of North East Victoria, particularly Indi, be put in touch with these decisions and know what the intentions of both the ARTC and the government are in this regard?” Ms McGowan said.
Mr Chester said plans are close to being finalised on assessments focused on ride quality, reliability and frequency of services.
“The ARTC and the regional rail provider V/Line are currently assessing the priorities for the North East line and will report back to the respective state and federal departments in the weeks ahead, hopefully by the end of this month,” he said.
“Once the ARTC and V/Line have reported back to their respective departments, I’ll be having further discussions with the Victorian minister – who has engaged constructively on this issue - and we’ll work together on how to implement that scope of works and firming up the detail of timeframes.”
Mr Chester said there would be an opportunity “for discussions within the community and the respective rail operators” in relation to the North East Line upgrade. He asked Ms McGowan to continue lobbying the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews for new rolling stock.
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