Walsh calls for en­hanced train ser­vices

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MEM­BER for Mur­ray Plains Peter Walsh says new VLine ser­vices to Echuca must be among 80 ad­di­tional ser­vices to be an­nounced last week.

Mr Walsh said coun­try com­muters – and not just Bendigo res­i­dents – must ben­e­fit from the 10 new ser­vices for the Bendigo line.

‘‘We are con­tin­u­ally treated as sec­ond-class cit­i­zens by the An­drews La­bor Gov­ern­ment and it is time they re­alised there is more to the state than Mel­bourne, Gee­long and Bendigo,’’ Mr Walsh said.

‘‘Just last week Jac­inta Al­lan’s fail­ure to en­sure VLine sig­nalling ser­vices are main­tained left com­muters trav­el­ling to Echuca and War­rnam­bool stranded.

‘‘The La­bor Gov­ern­ment seem de­ter­mined to fin­ish the year the same way they started – with VLine in chaos.

‘‘Echuca pas­sen­gers are still cop­ing with a limited timetable af­ter last week’s can­cel­la­tions and a painfully slow train, what’s worse is that when the tem­per­a­ture rises above 36 de­grees all ser­vices are can­celled.’’

Mr Walsh said he re­cently tabled a pe­ti­tion in the Vic­to­rian Par­lia­ment call­ing on the gov­ern­ment to im­me­di­ately up­grade the Echuca to Bendigo train, from class four to class two, to in­crease the line speed and equate the train’s per­for­mance to other VLine ser­vices across the state.

‘‘A Mel­bourne ser­vice that ter­mi­nates in Bendigo is of no ben­e­fit to the 14,000 peo­ple in Echuca, 3000 in Rochester and 1000 in El­more,’’ Mr Walsh said.

‘‘Daniel An­drews and his city­cen­tric La­bor Gov­ern­ment need to look be­yond Mel­bourne’s tram­tracks and start de­liv­er­ing for ru­ral and re­gional com­muters.’’

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