Re­gion’s $100m rail fix is chug­ging along

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News - BY STEVE KELLY skelly@ ne­me­

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.”

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