| June 27, 2017

Better rail services for Murray

Today the Federal Government has announced a $1.6 billion investment in Victorian regional rail infrastructure to provide better rail services right across the state. $91 million will go towards upgrades for the Bendigo to Echuca Line, a joint $140 million will go towards the North East line and $10 million will go towards Shepparton Freight Network Planning.

Federal Member for Murray, the Hon Damian Drum MP said this investment in the Murray electorate will accelerate better rail services for the community.

“I am constantly contacted by constituents around the electorate about the poor conditions and infrequent rail services in our region. The Federal Coalition Government is investing in Australia’s regions to better connect them to our capital cities,” Mr Drum said

“The North East Rail Line has been having issues for a number of years and is in desperate need of upgrading. The $140 million joint investment will deliver more reliable services for passengers who use the train in the Strathbogie Shire.

“A better service to and from Bendigo will make life easier for many of the locals in Echuca who usually have to drive to Bendigo to get a train into the city. Echuca is one of our tourist hot spots, not only will the upgrade help people get to Melbourne, it will also provide more opportunities for people who live in Melbourne to make a trip to Echuca and beautiful the Murray River.

“The $91 million for the Echuca Line will provide signalling upgrades to deliver extra services and shorter travel times between Bendigo and Echuca,” Mr Drum said. 

“The $10 million Shepparton Passenger and Freight Rail Network Planning scheme must deliver a genuine vision and way forward for passenger rail in the Goulburn Valley. We need an evidence based report telling the Federal and State Government what needs to be done to deliver ten daily services to Melbourne.

“This $10 million is a step towards building a stronger case for improved and more frequent passenger rail services to and from Melbourne. I am absolutely committed to getting better rail services for the Goulburn Valley,” Mr Drum said.

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