SYMES NEW YEARS WISH FOR BETTER TRAINS FOR NORTHERN VICTORIA

Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, has a new year’s resolution to get more trains and better trains on the North East line.

Ms Symes Co-Chairs the Regional Transport Advisory Group, which has driven community consultation on the Andrews Labor Government’s Regional Network Development Plan (RNDP) – Victoria’s first long term strategy for better public transport in regional Victoria.

The RNDP will move Victoria away from ad hoc service improvements, towards a more coordinated regional public transport network where train and bus services work together to get people where they need to go.

The plan will consider infrastructure upgrades and rolling stock improvements, which are needed on the North East line after four years of neglect under the former Coalition Government.

The former Government didn’t order a single new V/line train carriage for two years when they came to office, a failure which continues to put pressure on services across the entire regional network.

Recent consultation as part of the development of the RNDP highlighted the need for investment in the North East line, particularly in planning for new rolling stock.

Ms Symes said she would be fighting for the North East line to be prioritised in new train orders through the Labor Government’s rolling stock strategy, which sets out a ten year plan for hundreds more trains and trams for Victoria.

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria and Chair of the Regional Transport Advisory Group, Jaclyn Symes

Communities along the North East line say they want to see more trains, and better trains, the former Liberal and National Government who had Government members from one end of the North East line to the other, delivered zilch for commuters.

“I am 100 per cent behind the communities call for more trains and better trains.

“After years of under-investment and neglect under the former Coalition Government, it’s time to deliver the rolling stock needed to improve the comfort and reliability of train services in Northern Victoria.”

Ms Symes said the North East line needs to be prioritised in new train orders, and is encouraging local residents and passengers who agree to contact her in the New Year at Jaclyn.symes@parliament.vic.gov.au or on 03 5783 2000 about how they can add their voice to this cause.