The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with delivering more trains, more often, for Warrnambool residents.
Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney said the Labor Government wants to hear from the community about the proposed new weekday and Sunday services for Warrnambool.
As part of the Regional Network Development Plan, a new 9:05am service from Warrnambool to Southern Cross Station will be introduced, as well as a return service in the evening that would depart Southern Cross at 5:13pm and travel to Warrnambool via Geelong on weekdays.
Sunday services will also be boosted with a new return service to be offered during the day.
The additional services will increase train frequencies, support tourism and give local passengers greater choice about when they travel.
The Regional Network Development Plan sets out the short, medium and long term projects needed to improve the regional transport network with more track, more trains, better facilities and more services.
It includes a plan to deliver a modern commuter-style service for the growth areas of Geelong, Bendigo, Ballarat, Seymour and Traralgon, and service improvements to outer regional areas. It outlines a pathway to deliver:
- a commuter-style service with a minimum 20 minute train frequency in the peak
- a 40 minute off-peak frequency of services to Melbourne
- Five services, five days a week to the outer regional train lines of Warrnambool, Bairnsdale, Albury-Wodonga, Echuca, Swan Hill and Shepparton
A pop-up hub staffed with representatives from Public Transport Victoria and V/Line will be at Warrnambool train station on Thursday 15 September, between 5:15am and 6:30am, and 9am and 12pm, to speak to the community and gather their feedback.
If you can’t attend the pop up hub on the day, you can provide feedback online at www.ptv.vic.gov.au/getinvolved — until midnight Friday, 23 September 2016.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney
“The community of Warrnambool have told us they want more trains, more often — and we’re getting it done.”
“Now, we would like to hear from them about when these services would suit them best.”
“The Regional Network Development Plan is delivering more regional train services, more choice, less waiting around and getting passengers where they need safer and sooner.”