Region’s $100m rail fix is chugging along
A TECHNICAL working group will set a schedule for priority works to fix the troubled North East railway line.
This will inform a project proposal report earmarked for approval in early 2018 which will include construction completion timeframes.
Detailed planning work is being finalised for the $100 million upgrade of the line and will be released in coming weeks.
The Federal Government has committed $100 million to improve the ride for passengers on the North East Line between Seymour and Albury.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said community engagement was essential to ensure the proposed program of works aligns 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,” Mr Chester 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.
“I am conscious of how important reliable passenger train services are to the community in the North East, which is why the community will be engaged around the proposed works.”