Re­gional Rail Re­vival on track for fu­ture

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS - By Lewis Fis­cher

Vic­to­ria will re­ceive fund­ing for its Re­gional Rail Re­vival an­nounced in the 2017-18 state bud­get.

The North East Line will ben­e­fit from $140 mil­lion in up­grades which will pro­vide for track, sig­nalling and sta­tion im­prove­ments to pre­pare the line for the next gen­er­a­tion of trains.

Due to the gauge of the track, V/Line cur­rently have a lim­ited num­ber of car­riages that can run on the North East Line.

‘‘These up­grades to the Sey­mour, Shep­par­ton and North East lines are crit­i­cal, so we can pro­vide bet­ter ser­vices for passengers and plan for more ef­fi­cient op­er­a­tion of rail freight in the fu­ture,’’ Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Ja­clyn Symes said.

The Re­gional Rail Re­vival was the cen­tre­piece of the govern­ment’s plans for re­gional Vic­to­ria be­fore the project be­came the vic­tim of an on­go­ing dis­agree­ment be­tween the state and fed­eral gov­ern­ments.

Fund­ing had been al­lo­cated to the project from a Fed­eral Govern­ment as­set re­cy­cling scheme re­lated to the long-term lease of the Port of Mel­bourne.

The State Govern­ment had claimed they were owed the fund­ing while the Fed­eral Govern­ment said they’d missed their op­por­tu­nity to ap­ply for the scheme. The Metro Tun­nel project was orig­i­nally penned as the re­cip­i­ent of the re­cy­cling scheme funds.

The plans were aban­doned after the State and Fed­eral Gov­ern­ments couldn’t come to an agree­ment on the terms of the project.

Both the Fed­eral and State Gov­ern­ments have claimed vic­tory on the an­nounce­ment of the fund­ing.

Changes: Long over­due up­grades to the North East Line have been wel­comed by res­i­dents.

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