The Andrews Labor government have forgotten to include the north east, Shepparton and Seymour lines when they announced their alternative to The Nationals' plan for fast rail in Victoria.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said in comparison to The Nationals’ $19 billion plan, Labor included no money for construction for at least four years and had overlooked the north east, Shepparton and Seymour lines entirely.
“It is incredibly disappointing that the Shepparton, north east and Seymour lines aren’t even mentioned in Labor’s plan for ‘regional’ rail,” Ms Ryan said.
“Our commitments for regional rail are clear and we have allocated billions of dollars to getting on with the job.
“We will upgrade the Shepparton, north east and Seymour line tracks to a class one standard, allowing trains to travel at speeds of up to 160km/h and we will buy brand new long haul trains for the lines which will be on the tracks within our first term of government.
“All Labor has done for the last four years is talk about improvements to our line, without delivering a single new train or any improvement in service. They have now told us that under a re-elected Labor Government, there will be another four years of talking about high speed rail for Geelong and Ballarat with no money for construction committed and no works starting.”
The Nationals' $19 billion fast rail plan will see commuters benefit from significant time savings. This will see those travelling from Wodonga to Melbourne save 44 minutes and passengers travelling from Shepparton saving 28 minutes.
The plan also includes replacing all long haul trains on the Shepparton and Albury lines, to be delivered by 2022.