Member for Western Victoria
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party

Warrnambool Train Service

Mr GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (12:14): (1691) My question is to the Minister for Public Transport in the other place. The south-west Victorian group of councils, including Moyne, Corangamite, Southern Grampians, Glenelg, Colac Otway and Warrnambool, are hoping to see urgent investment made in rail and public transport. The Warrnambool-to-Melbourne train service has been somewhat neglected by the state government, and no long-term plan has been provided for the district’s public transport future. The councils and their residents would like to see additional weekday express services to and from Melbourne as an immediate action while a longer term transport plan is being developed. Minister, your government promised an additional daily service before the 2018 election and made a commitment to slash the travel time by 20 minutes. We are almost five years on and the trains are still yet to be ordered, and this is just not good enough. I welcome the federal government’s 2020 commitment of $208 million for stage 2 of the line upgrades, but this will not be done until next year. Minister, in the meantime, when will the commitment that your government made for a fifth weekday express train service from Warrnambool to Melbourne be fulfilled?


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