$100M for rail line

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS - Min­is­ter Dar­ren Ch­ester and Sen­a­tor Brid­get McKen­zie on the V/Line North East Rail Line ser­vice ear­lier this year.

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment has com­mit­ted $100 mil­lion to im­prove the ride qual­ity for pas­sen­gers on the North East Line be­tween Sey­mour and Al­bury, ac­cord­ing to In­fra­struc­ture and Trans­port Min­is­ter Dar­ren Ch­ester.

Mr Ch­ester said com­mu­nity en­gage­ment was es­sen­tial to en­sure the pro­posed pro­gram of works aligned with ex­pec­ta­tions around im­prove­ments to pas­sen­ger ser­vices on the line.

‘‘A steer­ing com­mit­tee in­volv­ing the Aus­tralian Rail Track Cor­po­ra­tion, V/Line, Trans­port for Vic­to­ria and the Aus­tralian and Vic­to­rian govern­ments is cur­rently de­ter­min­ing how to get the best value for our in­vest­ment and will pro­vide this pro­posed pack­age of works by the end of 2017,’’ he said.

‘‘This re­port will out­line the scope of works to im­prove the re­li­a­bil­ity, punc­tu­al­ity and re­silience of pas­sen­ger ser­vices be­tween Mel­bourne and Al­bury.

‘‘The com­mit­tee has also es­tab­lished a Tech­ni­cal Work­ing Group to de­ter­mine so­lu­tions to im­prove pas­sen­ger train ser­vices on the line.

‘‘Based on the tech­ni­cal as­sess­ment, a pro­gram of works will be de­vel­oped that will be peer re­viewed and form the ba­sis of com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion.’’

Con­struc­tion com­ple­tion time­frames will be set fol­low­ing as­sess­ment and ap­proval of the Project Pro­posal Re­port early next year.

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