Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has today welcomed the announcement of 3 new carriages for the Gippsland line which will assist commuters on two peak services at 6:27am to Melbourne from Traralgon and 4:58pm to Traralgon from Melbourne.
‘I welcome today’s announcement from the Victorian Government that new carriages will appear on these services but more needs to be done around frequency of services on the Gippsland line,’ said Mr Blackwood.
‘Overcrowding is just one issue facing regional commuters, greater frequency of services will provide more services when commuters need them rather than forcing them onto only a handful of peak services.
‘Labor invested significantly in the Ballarat and Bendigo lines while doing the bare minimum here in Gippsland. Three carriages will not be enough to meet the growing demand on our peak services.
Mr Blackwood said that a second announcement today of $9 million for three stations on the Gippsland Line by Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan had already been announced in 2016 and was just a re-launch by Labor as an attempt to fool Gippslanders.
‘The announcement today of $9 million for station and parking upgrades along the Gippsland line was made in the 2016/17 State Budget, 12 months ago.
‘Either Labor are slow in rolling out these projects or believes it can continue to re-launch previously made announcements as a means to appear to be investing in our region.
‘It was disappointing to hear the Minister for Public Transport that these projects are still at tender and that they may not be delivered until well into 2018.
‘Gippsland waited more than 2 years for a Regional Network Development Plan that was nothing more than a sham consultation and glossy brochure and they deserve better from Daniel Andrews and Labor who are investing the bare minimum in our region.
‘After more than two years in Government the Gippsland region is sick of being left behind while other regional areas receive a lion’s share of funding,’ Mr Blackwood said.