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South West mayors at Camperdown Railway Station

Bid for better rail services

News Article Date: 
Thursday, 31 July 2014

Members of the Great South Coast (GSC) and G21 local government groups have united in their bid for State Government support to improve the rail service along the South Western corridor.

Our need – five daily services

The councils are advocating for five daily return services as part of the Warrnambool to Melbourne line instead of the current three.

Short-term – four trains, one coach

Initial indications are that four return passenger rail services are possible with existing infrastructure and, in the interim, a coach could provide a fifth service.

“We have seen the benefits of improved rail services in other parts of Victoria including Ballarat, Bendigo and the Latrobe Valley,” Warrnambool Mayor Cr Michael Neoh said.

“With our growing population and the push for improved connectivity between Melbourne and regional cities an increase in the frequency of services is needed.

“We also believe that trains leaving and arriving at more convenient times will make rail a more attractive travel proposition.”

“Once we have a clearer picture of what improvements are possible, we will then need to have a discussion with our communities about their expectations around rail services,” Cr Neoh said.

The South Western rail corridor has a catchment of more than 30 cities, towns and communities and a population in excess of 300,000.

G21 and GSC have government endorsed regional growth plans which acknowledge future population growth and the need for improved connectivity.

"Finally, our membership requests representation on any future government working group/s that are formed to address this community issue," Cr Neoh said.

 

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