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Council welcomes extra rail service

News Article Date: 
Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Warrnambool City Council has welcomed the additional weekday return rail service between Warrnambool and Melbourne.

V/Line’s revised timetable which includes a rail service leaving from Warrnambool at 9.05am and a return service leaving Melbourne’s Southern Cross station at

5.13pm.

“Over several years Council has advocated for an increase in the frequency of rail services and we’re really pleased to see the new service made introduced by the Victorian Government,” Warrnambool Mayor Cr Kylie Gaston said.

“This will help many people, particularly those who have needed to travel to Melbourne from the South West for medical or business appointments.

“The service leaving Melbourne at 5.13pm gives people the opportunity to be back in Warrnambool at the more reasonable time of about 9pm instead of about 11pm.

“And the service leaving Warrnambool at 9.05am is particularly beneficial for those further to the west of us, including Portland residents, who need to catch a coach to the Warrnambool Station.

“New coach services complement the rail services and are great for the region and for those needing to access Warrnambool for shopping and medical and professional services.”

Cr Gaston said V/Line had recently acknowledged that the Warrnambool rail line was experiencing significant delays.

“While the delays are frustrating for us we now know that V/Line is working on this issue,” she said.

In a statement issued late last week V/Line said the delays were related to ensuring the safety of passengers while V/Line Chief Executive Officer James Pinder acknowledged the adverse impact on passengers.

“We apologise to Warrnambool passengers for the ongoing delays speed restrictions are causing – we know it’s frustrating and we know it needs to improve,” Mr Pinder said.

“We’re working closely with PTV, the regulator and other agencies to develop an action plan to address these issues and improve services, while keeping people safe – but it will take time.”

 

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