Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed says the fast-tracking of $43.5m of works for the Shepparton train line is a win for the power of strong community advocacy.
Ms Sheed said today’s announcement by Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan meant Shepparton District would have access to a fifth train service to the region next year, instead of having to wait until 2020.
“In May last year I asked Minister Allan to bring forward important upgrades to ensure the region was on track for the better and more frequent train service it deserves,” Ms Sheed said.
“I’m so pleased to hear today that the Minister has fast-tracked the $43.5m of works to upgrade Shepparton’s stabling facilities and extend a vital passing loop by a full year.
“Hundreds of millions of dollars are still required to upgrade the tracks to allow VLocity-type trains to run between Shepparton and Seymour, but this first tranche of works means we’re another step closer to our goal of eight daily services in under two hours.”
Ms Sheed said the announcement was recognition of the sustained advocacy of the people of Shepparton District.
“For years this region was overlooked by the major political parties who ignored the voices in this community calling for change,” Ms Sheed said.
“There’s still a lot of work to be done, but with nine new weekly train services introduced in the past three years and this work having been brought forward, we’re now seeing the results of our hard work.”
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