The Andrews Labor Government have revealed today it doesn’t expect to complete the Gippsland portion of the Victorian Regional Rail Revival until “late 2022”, the last of any Regional Rail Revival project.
Speaking today Member for Narracan said it was proof that the Andrews Labor Government was prioritising every other region ahead of Gippsland as local commuters had feared.
‘Today Jacinta Allan has confirmed what we have long known, when it comes to the Regional Rail Revival Gippsland was an afterthought,’ Mr Blackwood said.
‘Gippsland Coalition Members of Parliament have repeatedly questioned the Minister for Public Transport with relation to both SkyRail and the Regional Rail Revival and just how it was expected to assist Gippsland V/Line users with no real data produced regarding frequency or reliability improvements.
‘Local commuters should rightly be angry that these upgrades are still so far off given that two years ago the Minister stated these projects were ready to go.
‘Gippsland commuters have had to deal with significant delays, cancellations and services changes due to SkyRail and with it being unknown how the Regional Rail Revival projects will impact services it could be a very long time before services return to any sense of normality.
‘Labor have held office for 15 of the past 19 years, they deliberately excluded the Gippsland Line from the Regional Rail Project in 2009.
‘Gippsland commuters are being treated like second-class citizens again by the Andrews Labor Government.
‘Jacinta Allan and Daniel Andrews need to prioritise the Gippsland line users during these works and together with other Gippsland Coalition Members I’ll be asking the Minister to explain why it’ll take until 2022 to get these projects completed,’ said Mr Blackwood.