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PUSH FOR RAIL IMPROVEMENTS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE

June 15, 2017

Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed has written to Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan to enquire about the rollout of critical infrastructure works on the Shepparton to Seymour train line.

In Parliament on Thursday, 11 May, Ms Sheed used her Question without Notice to ask the Minister whether there was potential to accelerate the delivery of rail improvement works in the electorate.

The Minister indicated she would investigate the matter with her department.

The works, which include stabling for trains at Shepparton and a passing loop near Murchison, form the first tranche of the $43.5m investment in passenger rail services in Shepparton District announced by the Government in this year’s budget.

“I wrote to Minister Allan this week to follow up on her commitment in Parliament to examine options for bringing forward aspects of the infrastructure work into the current budget year,” Ms Sheed said.

“I continue to receive complaints about the poor quality of rail service afforded residents in Shepparton District and will continue to advocate on their behalf.

“Our community, through the All Aboard Campaign, has been calling for faster, better quality and more frequent rail services through to Shepparton daily.

“While the promised $43.5m is a much-welcomed and long-awaited boon for Shepparton District, we are eager to see works commence at the earliest opportunity.”

 

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Media contact

Riahn Smith 0419 138 978│riahn.smith@parliament.vic.gov.au

 

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